Public Health Emergency Declared for State of Florida After First Potential Coronavirus Cases Reported

UPDATE: As of 3/2, the two “presumptively” positive cases have since been confirmed by the CDC as Florida’s first two cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19).


The first two potential cases of Coronavirus have been reported in Florida after two individuals have tested “presumptively” positive for the disease. In response, Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order to declare a public health emergency and engage statewide response for the control of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A global map of live updates on Coronavirus confirmed cases by Johns Hopkins can be found here.

According to the Florida Department of Health, one of the affected is an adult resident of Hillsborough County. The other is an adult resident of Manatee County. Both individuals are currently isolated and being properly cared for.

DeSantis tweeted that he will be in Tampa and Miami with Surgeon General Rivkees and other officials on Monday to discuss the continued statewide response on the Coronavirus.

No official statements have been made by the Walt Disney World Resort regarding any potential closures or increased health measures.

We’ll be keeping our eyes on developments here in Florida and in California, as well as in Paris, and Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong regarding the COVID-19 outbreak’s effect on Disney Parks operations and beyond.

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