ORLANDO, Fla. — Two people in Florida have died from COVID-19, the coronavirus, bringing the number of deaths to 19 in the U.S.
10:45 p.m. update
The Florida Department of Health said a second presumptive case of the coronavirus was reported in Manatee County on Saturday night.
The new numbers bring the total cases of coronavirus in Florida to 17 people, according to health officials.
7:05 p.m. update
The Florida Department of Health said two new presumptive positive cases of coronavirus are in Volusia County and Okaloosa County.
Officials said a 66-year-old woman in Volusia County and a 61-year-old woman in Okaloosa County were identified as presumptive positive.
Health officials said both women are isolated and have a recent history of traveling outside of the United States.
This is the first case of coronavirus reported in Central Florida.
3:30 p.m update
The Florida Department of Health said a new presumptive positive case of coronavirus is in Charlotte County. Officials said the individual is isolated and being cared for.
3:10 p.m. update
During a press conference, Vice President Mike Pence said testing has been expanded. He said doctors can prescribe tests to anyone regardless of their symptoms.
Pence said more than 1 million tests have been distributed.
Every state can now test for coronavirus, Pence said.
Pence said the risk of coronavirus remains low.
3 p.m update
Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis are holding a press conference in Florida.
1 p.m. update
Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis will be in Florida to talk to cruise line executives Saturday afternoon.
11 a.m. update
The Florida Department of Health has announced a new presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Lee County. Officials said the individual is isolated and being cared for.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management to activate to Level II to coordinate the state’s response to coronavirus and provide critical support to the Florida Department of Health and local health departments.
“I have directed the Division of Emergency Management to activate to Level II to ensure our state has all the necessary resources engaged as we respond to COVID-19,” DeSantis said. “It is critical that we proactively coordinate all state resources to mitigate the threat and contain COVID-19. I urge all Floridians to take necessary precautions and follow hygiene guidelines issued by the Surgeon General and Florida Department of Health.”
9:20 a.m. update
One of the deaths was reported in Lee County and the other was reported in Santa Rosa County, which was previously reported by the department.
The person from Santa Rosa County was in his or her 70s. Both cases involved international travelers.
In addition to the Lee County coronavirus death, two new cases were also reported Friday evening in Broward County.
As of now, there are still no positive test results in Central Florida.
Two new cases were also reported in Broward County -- a 75-year-old man and a 65-year-old man.
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