ORLANDO, Fla. — 11:25 p.m. update
Precautions are being taken in Florida after two people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the coronavirus, in the Tampa Bay area.
Orange County officials revealed Monday they have tested 10 people for coronavirus and the results were all negative.
The county health department said it is currently monitoring about 30 people who aren't showing symptoms right now but have traveled to countries with outbreaks recently.
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So how would the test work?
A local health care provider will take three samples from a person; an oral swab, a nasal swab, and some saliva. Those samples will likely go to a state lab in Tampa that will process the results in two to three days.
As I shared at @OrangeCoFL’s press conference today, @citybeautiful continues to work with regional and state partners as the well-being of our residents and visitors is our top priority. And we encourage you to take care of yourself just as you would during cold and flu season. pic.twitter.com/uYkuPRHg0s— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) March 2, 2020
8:45 p.m. update
Health Department officials in Orange County are planning to launch a hotline that people can call if they think they have COVID-19, the coronavirus.
The county is also monitoring 30 people who recently traveled to countries with outbreaks.
Officials said they have staff ready and trained to survey callers over the phone right away, to see if they should be tested for the coronavirus.
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There are only three labs in the state that can test for the virus, in Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville.
Orange County health officials said if they think someone needs to be tested, they will make arrangements right away.
Officials said they plan to activate the number Tuesday.
Officials say they are monitoring less than 30 low risk individuals in the county who have recently travelled to areas impacted by COVID-19. No confirmed cases so far. #WFTV #breaking pic.twitter.com/MmBmu4OHqM— Megan Cruz (@MeganWFTV) March 2, 2020
4:45 p.m. update
Orange County leaders held a press conference Monday afternoon to explain the county’s preparation for coronavirus.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said the county has been monitoring and planning for the day the coronavirus would become a public health emergency.
. @OCFLMayor: “This community has dealt with a vast amount of crisis in the past. We remain calm and ready to respond to anything with adequate resources.” #Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/pHwV6qvVJT— Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) March 2, 2020
.@OCFLMayor: We at @OrangeCoFl have been monitoring and planning for the day the #Coronavirus would become a public health emergency. With two cases in #Florida, but well outside Orange County, we believe it is a matter of time before we have a case here. pic.twitter.com/fptDYsudaM— Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) March 2, 2020
.@OCFLMayor: We want to emphasize that while the #Coronavirus moves at a fast pace, we are remaining calm, and have been working behind the scenes with our partners at the @HealthyFla. We have protocols and procedures in place. pic.twitter.com/W3l6P0YCk0— Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) March 2, 2020
1:40 p.m. update
Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed the public after two Florida residents tested positive for coronavirus. Be sure to check back here as the day progresses for live updates on the cases and patients’ conditions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the two cases of coronavirus in Florida. DeSantis announced Sunday that the two people tested presumptive positive for the virus but needed the CDC to confirm, which they did Monday afternoon.
.@CDCgov confirms Florida’s two cases of #COVID19. Visit @HealthyFla's dedicated information page for the latest updates and guidance: https://t.co/e1S8bGG26U. Know the Facts. #PublicHealth #WHO #Coronavirus— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) March 2, 2020
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12:14 p.m. update
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will host a press conference at 4 p.m. to discuss the coronavirus and appropriate preparations.
11:30 a.m. update
DeSantis says more cases are expected after the discovery of the first two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Florida. DeSantis said in total 23 people in Florida have been tested for COVID-19, 184 people are actively being monitored for the virus, and a total of 795 have been monitored since the outbreak began in China.
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9:42 a.m. update
Gov. DeSantis will speak in Tampa at 10:30 a.m. and in Miami at 2 p.m. to provide updates on the cases.
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