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FDOH: Six More COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Florida, Two in Broward

Florida Department of Health confirmed that 6 new cases of COVID-19 have been discovered in Florida.

According to FDOH the there are two new cases in Broward and one new case in Lee County.

The latest cases brings the total number of people who have tested positive for the virus in the state to 29. Here are the six new cases:

• A 70-year-old Broward patient who attended EMS Today, a conference and networking event for firefighters, paramedics, fire chiefs, emergency management officials and medical personnel that was held March 2-6 at the Tampa Convention Center.

The event’s website said that attendees could network with more than 4,600 emergency medical services professionals and more than 200 firms from across the world.

That patient will remain in isolation until he is cleared by health officials. The state said an “epidemiological investigation” has been launched to determine how he contracted the virus.

• A 63-year old New York man tested positive after attending last week’s start of Daytona Bike Week, which runs from March 6 through Sunday. Organizers say it attracts about 500,000 bikers total over the two-week event.

The New York Department of Health is handling the “epidemiological investigation” into the transmission of that case. The patient is also in isolation.

• A 56-year old man from Miami-Dade County is the first person to test positive there. His infection was classified as a travel-related case and he was also put in isolation.

• A 65-year-old man from Broward County has tested positive. He will remain in isolation. Health officials are investigating whether this was a travel-related transmission of the virus.

• A 61-year-old Broward man is considered a travel-related case of coronavirus. State officials believe his case is related to several infections that have been linked to Port Everglades.

• A 57-year-old Lee County man who officials do not yet know how he came to contract COVID-19. Officials said it was “unclear” whether he was a travel-related case. An epidemiological investigation into that case is underway. The patient will also remain in isolation.

Port Everglades Advisory
The Department, through an extensive epidemiological investigation, has identified four
positive COVID-19 cases associated with Port Everglades in Broward County, Florida.
All three cases are connected to or employed by Metro Cruise Services – a company
that operates at Port Everglades.

The Department recommends all individuals experiencing symptoms who have recently
traveled through Port Everglades to immediately contact their CHD or health care
provider and self-isolate for 14 Days.
The Department also recommends employees of Metro Cruise Services at Port
Everglades with any association to these cases self-isolate at home.
The Department is working to connect with all employees at Metro Cruise
Services who may have come into contact with the three individuals who have
tested positive for COVID-19 to provide the employees with the appropriate
guidance and monitoring.
The Department is working in close consultation with the CDC on this
CDC recommends that individuals with recent travel history on a cruise monitor
their health for 14 days and, if they develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate
and contact their CHD or health care provider.

See the latest number on the Florida Department of Health website.

The Florida Department of Health has opened a 24-hour COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Questions may also be emailed to covid-19@flhealth.gov. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.
FDOH website.