Coronavirus in Florida: Number of cases continues to grow; state of emergency declared
The Florida Department of Health continues to monitor and test people in the state for the novel coronavirus.
The DOH is also advising all individuals who have traveled internationally to follow new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, summarized below:
Level 3: Recommends 14-day self-isolation and social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.
Level 2 and Cruises: Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.
as of 7:46 a.m. ET 3/10/2020
Broward adds fourth coronavirus case
10 a.m. Monday 03/10/2020
Florida’s health department reported Tuesday morning that a 69-year-old woman has become the fourth person in Broward County to be infected by the coronavirus.
The woman has been isolated and will remain so until she is cleared by public health officials. Authorities say she and two men previously diagnosed are connected to or employed by Metro Cruise Services, a company that operates out of Port Everglades.
DeSantis declares state of emergency
8:16 p.m. Monday 03/10/2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency that broadens his powers to respond to the novel coronavirus, including allowing him to deploy National Guard troops if necessary.
The governor also said two laboratory companies — Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp — are now prepared to process coronavirus test kits. Other laboratories will be able to process the test kits in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, DeSantis encouraged people to take precautions.
“If you’re elderly or you have a serious, underlying medical condition, don’t get on a cruise ship right now. Don’t get on a long flight where you could be exposed to the virus. Take certain steps to do what they call social distancing,” DeSantis said.
UF to faculty: Move classes online ASAP
7:09 p.m. Monday03/10/2020
The University of Florida’s top academic administrator announced late Monday afternoon that faculty should move their in-person classes online as soon as possible.
While it’s not yet a requirement, “there is a strong probability that it will become a requirement before the end of the spring semester,” so instructors are encouraged to make the move now, the memo read.
At least one person in Alachua County is being monitored for COVID-19, with test results pending.
The University of Washington on Friday became the first large university to cancel in-person classes. Since then, Stanford University and three New York universities, including Columbia, Hofstra and Yeshiva, began canceling in-person classes.