CORONAVIRUS: Florida health emergency declared

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Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that another Florida resident has tested positive for coronavirus, but that patient is now in isolation in Washington state.

"We have not received a positive yet", DeSantis said about those tests.

During a press conference on Monday, the Florida Department of Health said that one patient is an adult male in his 60s in Manatee County and did not have a travel history to countries identified for restricted travel by the CDC. The sister is a California woman but is isolating herself in Florida, DeSantis said.

Florida officials on Tuesday reported a third person tested "presumtively positive" for the coronavirus in the state, adding to the two reported cases on Sunday. She had traveled from northern Italy, where there is an outbreak, and passed through Tampa International Airport. Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said health officials are still investigating how he contracted the respiratory virus. These individuals have recently traveled to regions of the world where the virus is present.

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DeSantis says despite the two cases in Florida, the overall immediate threat to the public remains low. Additionally, there are 184 people who are under public health monitoring. Fifteen of those tests came back negative, six are pending results and two came back as presumptive positive cases.

DeSantis said Tuesday that four Doctors Hospital staff members who had been in close touch with the COVID-19 patient have also been tested for the virus. "We believe that is a priority and they are going to be working in conjunction with those facilities". Five new member states of WHO - Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Ireland, Monaco and Qatar - are now reporting cases of COVID-19. "Now that doesn't mean they can't get it, but that suggests that perhaps you're resistant to it if you're younger, or perhaps the symptoms are so mild that they're not even registering".

"Those are still considered "presumptive positives" at this point; although I do think they're doing it right", the governor said.

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