Florida’s First Two Cases of Coronavirus

Raven Haengel, Writer, Photographer

March 2, 2020. The coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China has now reached Florida. Two people in the Tampa Bay area have been tested for COVID-19 and the CDC confirmed they had the virus, now the man in his 60s is being treated while the 20-year-old woman is being isolated in her home. The cases were in Hillsborough and Manatee County. After the diagnosis, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a public health emergency in Florida and urged protocols to prevent the spread of the virus. DeSantis said to Fox 13 News “I have been working with federal partners and our Department of Health to ensure that communities are ready to handle the challenges presented by COVID-19.” “The dedicated professionals at our county health departments, as well as those working at local medical providers, are well equipped to address these and future cases. State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees has taken appropriate, decisive action to help affect the best possible outcomes, and I will continue directing our state agencies to do whatever is necessary to prioritize the health and well-being of Florida residents.” Dr. Scott Rivkees added to DeSantis’s statement “Our epidemiological teams are among the best in the nation, and they are right now aggressively pursuing every potential lead during these critical early moments of this outbreak in Florida.” “We are working directly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local medical providers to ensure these individuals receive the proper treatment and that anyone who has come into contact with them is following the necessary protocols, limiting or stopping any further spread.” From what we know, 23 people are being tested 184 people are being monitored “795 people have been monitored since authorities began tracking possible COVID-19 cases.” A total of six people died in Washington from the virusAt the moment there is no vaccine for the coronavirus. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC suggest: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask: 
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. 
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). 
  • Wash your hands often 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. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.