Two people in Florida have presumptive positive tests for coronavirus, health officials announced.
Both of the cases are in adults: one in Hillsborough County and the other in Manatee County, both in the southwestern part of the state. Both individuals are “isolated and being appropriately cared for,” according to the Florida Department of Health.
“Florida’s public health system is well prepared to handle COVID-19. Our health care professionals throughout the state are implementing the appropriate protocols and are ready to respond,” the department said.
Fox 35 in Orlando reported the Manatee County resident sought healthcare after showing symptoms but does not have a travel history in areas with coronavirus outbreaks. The Hillsborough County resident had traveled to Italy, the site of the greatest number of cases in Europe.
A presumptive test is one that has tested positive by a public health laboratory but is pending confirmation through the Centers for Disease Control. Eight other cases are pending test results; 15 Florida residents tested negative for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. More than 180 people are under public health monitoring, including those who are at risk of being exposed to the virus or have returned from China in the past 14 days.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency and engaging statewide response for control of coronavirus.
DeSantis has two press conferences scheduled for today to discuss the state’s plans to coronavirus.
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