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Fourth Tests Positive For Coronavirus in Broward County

Gov. DeSantis declares state of emergency amid coronavirus concerns
Posted at 10:36 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 10:41:12-04

A fourth person has tested positive for Coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Broward county. This brings the total number of cases in the state up to 14.

The Broward residents ranged in age from 65 to 75 years old. None had a known history of international travel, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Two Florida residents have died as a result of the virus.

Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency as a precaution in order to get outside help and mobilize resources faster. It will also allow for what he called a "unified command structure" to limit the spread of the virus.

"It also allows — if need be — out-of-state medical personnel to operate in Florida," he said. "It allows us to more swiftly purchase any necessary supplies, including masks and materials and equipment necessary to set up field hospitals."

In the press conference DeSantis urged the public to follow common sense precautions and to remain calm. He did caution the elderly and those with preexisting health conditions to avoid cruise ships, long flights and mass gatherings.

Florida health officials reinforced that individuals who are normally healthy remain at a low risk for contracting the virus.