Second Volusia County woman tests positive for coronavirus
Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency amid the coronavirus cases
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency amid the coronavirus cases in Florida.
Hours after Gov. DeSantis spoke to the media Monday night the Florida Department of Health said a second woman in Volusia County has tested positive for the coronavirus.
FDOH said the 60-year-old woman is isolated and will remain isolated until she is cleared by health officials.
She has recently traveled outside of the United States, according to FDOH.
This past weekend a 66-year-old Volusia County woman also tested positive for the coronavirus.
She also recently traveled outside of the United States.
State officials said this allows the Governor to direct funds as necessary for supplies, equipment, and personnel needs.
This also allows out-of-state medical professionals to practice in Florida for the duration of the order.
The State of Emergency allows pharmacists to prescribe up to a 30-day emergency refill of prescription drugs as needed.
Private laboratories have started testing for coronavirus in Florida, according to Gov. DeSantis.
Gov. DeSantis has asked the federal government for $25 million to fight COVID-19.
Results from the private labs will be forwarded to the state, according to Gov. DeSantis.
Doctors must send possible cases to the private labs, according to health officials.
Anyone who has fit the criteria for coronavirus in Florida has been able to get a test and currently there is no shortage of tests in the state.
State labs are in Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami.
The Florida Department of Health issued a clarification Monday afternoon, saying that anyone who has traveled internationally, to any location, and is sick should self-isolate for at least 14 days upon their return to the United States as the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide.
Earlier in the day, health officials said any Floridian, healthy or sick, who has traveled abroad should self-isolate.
Just got correction from @HealthyFla... They are recommending 14-day self isolation for any international traveler WHO IS SICK... not every international traveler, as the press release stated.— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) March 9, 2020
Get it together, DOH. https://t.co/F254n94gHg
The DOH on Monday also advised anyone who traveled on a river cruise on the Nile River in Egypt in February 2020 to self-quarantine as well, saying several passengers in the United States have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, including two positive cases in Florida.
This latest advisory comes amid a reported 19 totals cases of COVID-19 being confirmed in the state, 18 of which are Florida residents and one a non-Florida resident, according to the DOH.
“We do currently have 115 tests that are pending results. We have had 140 tests come back negative. 802 people have been fully monitored and 302 are currently being monitored,” Gov. DeSantis said.
On Sunday, the U.S. Department of State released a statement recommending that citizens should not travel by cruise ship in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
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The department cited notes from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention saying that there’s an increased risk of coronavirus in a cruise ship environment.
The department said it’s a “fluid situation” and that passengers with plans to travel on cruise ships should contact cruise line companies for further information.
The Centers for Disease Control said people should stay home for 14 days from the travelers left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread and practice social distancing.
The Associated Press reported the coronavirus has infected more than 110,000 people worldwide and killed around 3,900, with the majority of those deaths in China where the outbreak began.
Anyone with questions or concerns about COVID-19 can call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 866-779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
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