3rd positive presumptive COVID-19 coronavirus case reported in Florida, DeSantis says

By: WCTV Eyewitness News, Capitol News Service
March 3, 2020


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — A third presumptive positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus has been found in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.

The woman who tested presumptive positive is the sister of the Hillsborough County woman who tested positive Sunday after a trip to Italy. She was on that trip as well.

DeSantis said the woman's roommate has been tested too, and results for that test are pending.

There are four other outstanding tests for the virus in Florida.

A Manatee County man in his 60s, who had no travel history to China or other restricted areas, also tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

Top lawmakers are starting to talk about setting aside additional money to fight the virus.

“You know, maybe $10 to $20 million, until we know what we are looking at with the numbers still in play,” said Senate President Bill Galvano.

State University faculty staff and students were told in a memo that anyone traveling from China, South Korea, Japan Iran or Italy would not be allowed on campuses for at least 14 days after returning.

Additionally, the Department of Agriculture, which regulates gas stations, is asking wipes or paper towels be provided for customers use because of how long COVID-19 can survive.

"Coronaviruses can live up to nine days on hard surfaces, including glass, metal, steel,” said Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Mary Barzee Flores.

The Governor continues to emphasize that frequent hand washing, not touching your face and staying home if you are sick is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading.

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