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.
Volusia School and county leaders are intensifying their efforts to combat the coronavirus after one woman’s test came back as presumptive positive.
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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.
.@VCEmergencyInfo meeting 9am Monday to discuss #coronavirus superintendent is also expected to attend. Meeting is closed to the public but Dept of Health officials are expected to discuss the virus at tomorrow’s elected officials round table meeting, which is open to the public— Mike Springer WFTV (@mspringerwftv) March 9, 2020
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.
The Florida Department of Health announces a new positive #COVID19 case in Broward County. This individual is a 67 year old male who is currently isolated. For #COVID19 updates, visit https://t.co/e1S8bGG26U— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) March 8, 2020
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.
I am extremely concerned about the #Coronavirus outbreak, and the impact it is having in Florida.— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) March 8, 2020
I’ve written to @DHS_Wolf, @CDCDirector, FAA Administrator & Santa Rosa & Lee County Health Departments requesting info on the cases of Coronavirus-related deaths in those counties. pic.twitter.com/OvYNLeg43K
4 p.m. update
The U.S. Department of State said U.S. citizens, especially with underlying conditions, should not travel by cruise ship.
U.S. citizens, especially with underlying conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. #CDC notes increased risk of #COVID19 on cruises. Many countries have implemented screening procedures, denied port entry rights to ships and prevented disembarking. https://t.co/jh93gZTkpC pic.twitter.com/jI6S0UceVg— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) March 8, 2020
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.
JUST IN: @Allegiant airlines CEO now announcing they're waiving change fees for anyone wishing to change their travel plans due to concerns about #COVID19. A quick search on Twitter shows travelers have been asking them to publicly share the policy for days. pic.twitter.com/JCFIqfkJqr— Deanna Allbrittin (@deannaTVnews) March 8, 2020
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.
.@HealthyFla has announced a new presumptive positive Florida #COVID19 case in Manatee County: the individual is isolated and being appropriately cared for. For total case count and more important information, visit https://t.co/e1S8bGG26U @CDCgov— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) March 8, 2020
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.Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. https://t.co/6Pwj2W6mCY. #COVID19 https://t.co/SEiNhjmsnr— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) March 8, 2020
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