Miami-Dade County in State of Emergency after first COVID-19 Patient

Posted at 10:48 AM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 10:48:23-04

Miami-Dade county declared a state of emergency after its first confirmed case of Coronavirus, bringing the total in the state up to 26 cases.

After signing the emergency declaration on Wednesday night, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez canceled several events, including the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, the Miami Open tennis tournament, and all major events at the American Airlines Arena.

In a press release that came out on Thursday morning, Gimenez said that he will making future policy decisions regarding indoor events planned for more than 250 people based on federal and state health officials guidance.

Broward county declared a local state of emergency on Tuesday, after the Florida Department of Health tied four of the seven cases in the county to Port Everglades. The connection is a cruise service that operates there, according to the FDOH. Three cases are connected to or employed by Metro Cruise ships, which operates at Port Everglades.