Florida and New York Confirm US New Coronavirus Cases
The US new Coronavirus cases were reported in Florida and New York on Sunday following the US first Coronavirus death.
A second US death; New York gets the first case. A second person has died in Washington state and New York reported its first patient as the coronavirus extended its tenacious march across the U.S. on Monday.
In Washington state, King County reported its second fatality from the virus on Sunday night, a man in his 70s “with underlying health conditions.” He died Saturday at Evergreen Health. On Saturday morning officials stated that a man in his 50s, who also had underlying health conditions, died at that same hospital.
The global death count rose above 3,000, and the number of confirmed cases rose to almost 90,000. In the U.S., two deaths and more than 80 cases have been reported.
A woman in her 30s who had traveled to Iran contracted the virus and is presently isolated at home.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday affirmed New York State’s first case of the coronavirus, saying that a woman contracted the virus while traveling in Iran and is now in New York City isolated in her home.
“The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving to New York,” Governor Cuomo twitted in a statement.
The 39-year-old-woman is in Manhattan, according to state officials. She returned from Iran last week and was tested after going to a hospital in the city.
Early on Monday, the governor declared the woman was a “unique case.” Reporting This Morning, he added she was a health care worker so “she knew to take precautions and stay in a controlled situation.” He continued that she had not ridden public transportation since returning to New York.
Disease detectives in New York have already recognized close contacts of the patient, according to New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot.
“As we confront this emerging outbreak, we need to separate facts from fear, and guard against stigma and panic,” Barbot stated.
Florida sees 2 Coronavirus Cases today
Two people from Hillsborough and Manatee counties are the first to test positive for coronavirus in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Sunday night.
Officials stated the Hillsborough County resident has a history of traveling to Italy, while the patient from Manatee County has no travel history to any of the CDC-restricted countries.
“It is necessary and appropriate to take action to ensure that COVID-19 remains controlled and that residents and visitors in Florida remain safe and secure,” DeSantis announced in a statement.
“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,” declared State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees.
2nd Man in Washington State Died of Coronavirus
“Tomorrow I will be in Tampa and Miami with Surgeon General Rivkees and other officials to discuss our continued statewide response on #COVID19,” DeSantis tweeted at 9:43 p.m. He directed Rivkees to declare the emergency.
DeSantis referenced CDC recommended measures including voluntary home isolation when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, disposing of tissue waste properly and washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Earlier on Sunday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio spoke it’s “not a question of if but when confirmed cases of the virus are found in Florida.”
Five more cases identified in California
A total of five new presumptive positive cases of coronavirus were identified in California Sunday, according to health departments in three counties.
These cases are pending affirmative testing from the US CDC, the release related.
A second case was also listed in Oregon on Sunday. The Washington County adult had close family contact with the state’s primary care and did not need medical attention, the Oregon Health Authority stated.
Among the US cases are 44 people who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship Coronavirus Americans, three people who were repatriated from China and 42 cases that were detected in the US.
Rhode Island reported its second positive test on Sunday. It is a person who recently came back from Europe, while a third person from the trip is undergoing tests, health officials stated. They are all from the same trip that saw the state’s first positive case hours earlier.
The man in his 40s tested positive after traveling to Italy in mid-February. Dozens are in self-quarantine and the high school that organized the trip is closed for sanitization.
Italy has seen 1,694 cases of the new virus as of Sunday, a jump of 50 percent in just 24 hours. The country has seen 34 deaths from the virus so far, with five more recorded since yesterday.
Vice President Mike Pence reported on Sunday that more US deaths were “possible.”
“We could have more sad news,” he said. “But the American people should know the risk for the average American remains low.”