Two people in the Tampa Bay area have tested presumptively positive for the coronavirus, the first such infections in the state. One person is in Manatee County and the other is in Hillsborough County. The person in Manatee county has not traveled to restricted countries, but sought treatment and will remain isolated. The person in Hillsborough County recently traveled to Italy. This person is isolated and will continue to remain so until cleared by officials.
Governor Ron DeSantis said in a press release, “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.”