Coronavirus timeline: Sunday, March 8

Coronavirus timeline: Sunday, March 8
COVID-19, the coronavirus in Florida (WFTV.com News Staff)

ORLANDO, Fla. — 9:35 p.m. update

It’s been one week since health officials reported the first case of COVID-19, the coronavirus, in Florida.

The total number of novel coronavirus cases in Florida is 12, with an additional five Florida residents testing positive while visiting other countries.

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Volusia School and county leaders are intensifying their efforts to combat the coronavirus after one woman’s test came back as presumptive positive.

The Department of Health is only identifying the person as a 66-year-old Volusia County woman who has traveled out of the county recently.

The Department of Health has not said where in the county she lives, what country she traveled to, where she is being quarantined or how long she was back before she was isolated.

The county’s Emergency Management Division will discuss the matter during a closed-door meeting Monday morning.

The school district said it is also intensifying its cleaning efforts for its classrooms and buses and would be notified by the Department of Health should anyone there test positive.

6:45 p.m. update

The Florida Department of Health announced a new positive COVID-19 case in Broward County.

Health officials said a 67-year-old man tested positive. He is currently in Broward County.

6:20 p.m. update

Rollins College said five students attended the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., where two of the 18,000 attendees tested positive for COVID-19 days after the conference.

As of Saturday morning, all who attended the conference have been cleared of any coronavirus risk.

The college said more information will be made available in the upcoming days.

5:30 p.m. update

Sen. Rick Scott said that he is “extremely concerned” about the coronavirus and the impact it is having in Florida.

Scott said he has written a letter to health officials regarding the coronavirus-related deaths in Santa Rosa and Lee counties.

4 p.m. update

The U.S. Department of State said U.S. citizens, especially with underlying conditions, should not travel by cruise ship.

3:00 p.m. update

Sen. Rick Scott is holding a briefing on coronavirus in Tampa.

Scott talked about precautions travelers need to take when taking a cruise amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Scott also said he wants to make sure everyone is informed about any cases that are reported in Florida.

He said he wants to give access to anyone who needs a test and eventually work towards developing a vaccine for the virus.

1:20 p.m update

Allegiant Airlines announced it is waiving fees for anyone wishing to change travel plans due to concerns about COVID-19.

10:30 a.m. update

On Saturday night, the Florida Department of Health said a second presumptive case of the coronavirus was reported in Manatee County.

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A woman in Volusia County has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.