ORLANDO, Fla. — 12 a.m. update
The travel ban from most of Europe to the U.S. is in effect. The U.K. is not included in the ban, and the ban also does not apply to U.S. citizens.
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5:42 p.m. update
All public schools in Florida are closed. Watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News NOW for live updates on this developing story.
5:40 p.m. update
Royal Caribbean announced it is pausing all of its U.S. sailing starting at midnight Friday for the next 30 days.
5:32 p.m. update
Orange County Public Schools posted an announcement on their website that their classes will be cancelled until March 30.
Read the district’s statement below:
“With new direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Education announced today all state schools will close for one additional week beyond spring break (returning March 30 in Orange County). State testing will also be delayed by two weeks and all extra-curricular activities will be suspended. More details to follow.”
5:25 p.m. update
Volusia and Marion counties have both also announced that they are cancelling classes for until March 30.
5 p.m. update
Flagler Schools sent out an email Friday afternoon stating that following the urging of Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran, all schools are to take an additional week off due to the threat of COVID-19.
Flagler officials said that means their students will not report back to school until March 30. They said all extra-curricular activities are also postponed for the next 14 days.
4:40 p.m. update
President Donald Trump said he does not plan to self-isolate but will “most likely” be tested for the coronavirus after being photographed next to someone who tested positive for the virus.
4:13 p.m. update
4:05 p.m. update
Seminole County Public Schools announced Friday that it received the following guidance from the Florida Health Department and Department of Education:
• Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc.) who go on foreign travel, to any country, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
• Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc.) who go on a cruise, anywhere, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
In addition, students with proof of international or cruise travel that must self-isolate will receive excused absences during the self-isolation period.
4 p.m. update
Rollins College students are moving out of their dorms Friday after the school announced that its classes are going online only for the remainder of the semester.
3:45 p.m. update
President Donald Trump said the country is working to deploy a website in partnership with Google where people can fill out a questionnaire online regarding their symptoms and be connected with the nearest drive-through location to obtain COVID-19 testing.
3:40 p.m. update
President Donald Trump announced that he has declared a national emergency in response to the coronavirus.
3:20 p.m. update
Crayola Experience is temporarily shutting down all of its locations and stores, including in Orlando, for a two-week period as of the close of business Friday amid coronavirus concerns.
3 p.m. update
LEGOLAND Florida Resort announced Friday that it will temporarily close its theme park and water park beginning at close of business on Sunday through the end of the month. Officials said LEGOLAND accommodations will remain open during that time.
2:50 p.m. update
The Villages announced it is cancelling its St. Patrick’s Day events as well as all of its town square entertainment until otherwise announced.
2:43 p.m. update
Health officials said 51 people in Florida have have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 45 are Florida residents.
2:35 p.m. update
Seminole State College announced Friday that it is moving classes online effective Monday, March 16.
2:28 p.m. update
Health officials said there is so far no evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in Florida, but that the investigation into tracing each case is ongoing.
2:25 p.m. update
Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state has obtained 1,000 of the 2,500 tests for COVID-19 that it has ordered so far. He said they will be delivered to hospitals and facilities starting with those with the highest need.
2:22 p.m. update
SeaWorld announced it will close all of its theme parks effective March 16 through the rest of the month.
2:20 p.m. update
Gov. Ron DeSantis is prohibiting visitation for the next 30 days to nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Broward County, which currently has 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
1:55 p.m. update
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is giving a live update on the coronavirus in Florida.
12:45 p.m. update
Officials said the Orange County resident who died in California after contracting COVID-19 had traveled to South Korea and was identified in the airport upon return as being at risk for the virus.
Officials said that person’s death will count as a case in Orange County because the person lived here, even though the person never set foot in Florida while they were infected.
12:25 p.m. update
Officials said the Orange County resident infected with COVID-19 who died in California never set foot in Florida while infected. They said the person was isolated in California after traveling internationally.
Officials citing privacy concerns said they could not release any other information about the person who died.
12:22 p.m. update
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said he has declared a state of emergency in the county and canceled county-sponsored events.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he has also declared a state of emergency in Orlando and canceled city event through the end of the month.
12:20 p.m. update
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said an Orange County resident who recently traveled abroad died of COVID-19 in California.
11:55 a.m. update
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings is scheduled to host a news conference giving an update on the coronavirus at noon. Click the link below or watch Channel 9 to tune in LIVE.
11:30 a.m. update
SeaWorld Orlando announced Friday that it is currently operating on its normal schedule.
“We will continue to monitor the situation for changes, collaborate with health officials and take the necessary steps to address the health and safety needs of guests, ambassadors and animals,” a spokeswoman said.
10:55 a.m. update
Brevard Public Schools sent out a message to parents Friday letting them know that any students, faculty or staff who go on a cruise or travel to any foreign country must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
The district also said that all field trips and overnight athletic events have been canceled by Brevard Public Schools through April.
10:30 a.m. update
The Orlando Union Rescue Mission announced Friday that it is canceling its Easter Banquet to minimize crowd contact and will instead hand out meals on Good Friday to those who need them.
10:17 a.m. update
The Masters tournament has been postponed amid coronavirus concerns. Read the organization’s full statement below:
10:15 a.m. update
Orlando International Airport officials said Friday that there have been no changes to flight operations due to the travel restrictions that go into place to and from Europe at midnight.
10:05 a.m. update
Channel 9 reporter Q McCray spotted gas prices below $2 a gallon in Sanford. He said gas prices are getting cheaper as travel demands are down.
10 a.m. update
The Florida Department of Health said all three people who tested positive for the coronavirus in Volusia County were on a Nile River tour. The department did not specify if they were all on the same cruise, or if they had contact with one another.
But the department did say there is no evidence of communal spread in Volusia County.
9:45 a.m. update
Stocks opened sharply higher on Wall Street Friday, a day after market’s worst fall since 1987. On Friday morning, the Dow surged 1,200 points, or 5.8%.
9:32 a.m. update
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will hold a news conference at noon to discuss the impact of coronavirus to Orange County. There have not yet been any confirmed cases in the county.
8:29 a.m. update
U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage for college students who need to move due to the coronavirus.
“We don’t know how every student is affected. But we know they are affected,” said U-Haul President John Taylor. “More and more universities are giving instructions to leave campus and go home. Students and their parents are in need of moving and storage solutions. We have the expertise and network to help, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”
The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited-time offer subject to availability.
6:41 a.m. update:
With Walt Disney World and Universal Studios closing indefinitely after Sunday, the coronavirus outbreak is already having a huge impact on Central Florida’s economy.
Travel will also be restricted from 26 European countries beginning tonight at 11:59 p.m.
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4:16 a.m. updates:
The Florida Department of Health announced that 17 individuals with ties to Florida tested positive for coronavirus as of Thursday evening. The latest case involves a 42-year-old man with ties to Miami-Dade County. Officials said that his is a travel-related case.
All patients remain isolated while they are being monitored.
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