Two cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Florida, according to state officials.
Since Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a public health emergency Sunday night after announcing the state's first two cases of the virus, state government has begun bracing for a much broader outbreak.
There have been four Florida-related cases so far, but one is a California resident who is being counted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in that state's tally. She has been in isolation since this was all identified. The new case makes two in Hillsborough County, the lone other confirmed case of COVID-19 is in Manatee County. "The dedicated professionals at our county health departments, as well as those working at local medical providers, are well equipped to address these and future cases".
"We at Orange County have been monitoring and planning for the day the coronavirus would become a public health emergency in our community, and that day, of course, is today", Demings said.
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The other two cases are a 51-year-old woman and her 69-year-old husband, who tested postiive at Lakeridge Health Ajax Pickering. The news release said she had a travel history to Iran and had a dry cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and a headache.
State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees attended a press conference in Tampa Monday morning, where he admitted to learning of the positive results well before the public was made aware. The Florida Department of Health says both patients are isolated. "But that study also shows that people with underlying symptoms and [the] elderly are most likely to have the severe cases".
The sisters traveled to Italy before returning to the United States, DeSantis said.
For travel information regarding the virus, visit the CDC website. Now the state is monitoring 184 people, and 784 in total have been examined. If you are sick, you are asked to stay home; cover coughs with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash hand frequently with soap and water. "I mean, it really does work if you follow that". "We have received legal advice in how to isolate (and) quarantine and (we) encourage individuals to take the precautions that they need".
"Those are still considered "presumptive positives" at this point; although I do think they're doing it right", the governor said.