Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said Thursday that he is "very, very close" to issuing a new stay-at-home order as coronavirus cases rise in Florida.
"There is very little, if any of federal and state guidance on how and what metric we need to use to close," Suarez told Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "The Situation Room." "So we're developing all of that on our own. And we're faced with making these tough decisions in the next few days if things don't improve radically."
Suarez told reporters at a news briefing that Miami hospitals have reached 95% capacity because of the growing Covid-19 pandemic.
The Miami mayor insisted that he is taking a variety of measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in his city. His administration will be monitoring whether those measures will have an affect on controlling the virus.
"The situation is dire," Suarez said. "I don't want to sugarcoat it or I don't want to downplay it in any way. Our hospitalizations are at the highest level. Our ICUs are double what they were back then and our vents has surpassed the high point. The death rate will continue to go up if we don't take any more dramatic measures."
Blitzer pressed Suarez on why he won't issue a stay-at-home order now if the situation is so dire.
"We are potentially going to be doing that soon if things are not going to dramatically improve," Suarez said. "We are talking about somewhere in the next few days, potentially within the next week."