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UPDATED: Trump Declares FL “Major Disaster Area”; 1,977 Cases; PBSC Employee Diagnosed

President Trump on Wednesday afternoon declared Florida as a major disaster area, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In so doing, he ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the outbreak, beginning Jan. 20 and continuing. In addition, the President’s declaration makes federal funding for crisis counseling for “affected individuals” throughout the state.

Our state has 1,977 confirmed cases at this time, with 141 in Palm Beach County, 412 in Broward, and 491 cases in Miami-Dade.

Miami-Dade has the most cases in the state, followed by Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Meanwhile, there is a new death from COVID-19 in Florida as of Wednesday evening. That brings the statewide total to 23.

A faculty member at Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth campus has tested positive for coronavirus.

A spokeswoman says the college immediately informed students, faculty, staff and those known to have been in close contact with that instructor. All individuals have been advised to talk to their doctors and self-quarantine.

The faculty member last visited the campus on March 16. All areas of the campus that the employee visited have been secured, and crews will sanitize those areas in accordance with state and federal guidelines.

Palm Beach State College is on virtual learning for the remainder of the spring semester.

Palm Beach County has three COVID-19-related deaths.

According to the Florida Department of Health’s interactive dashboard, 23,723 people have been tested, with 20,165 of the results being negative and the other 1,581 pending.