Second local case of coronavirus confirmed in Alachua County

Both local transmissions believed travel related; FL concern over Nile cruise

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March 10, 2020 - 11:41 pm
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TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Department of Health officials announced 15 new cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday, including a second case in Alachua County.

A 24-year-old woman in Alachua County has tested positive, is isolated and will remain so until cleared. Officials said her case was connected to travel to Europe.

The other case in Alachua County was revealed this week. A68-year-old female was a visitor from Georgia, is isolated and being treated locally. Transmission is believed to be travel related.

Nile Cruise Advisory

The Florida Department of Health is advising all individuals who traveled to Egypt for a cruise or tour on the Nile River in February or March 2020 to self-isolate for 14 days following their date of return to the United States, and if ill, immediately contact their CHD or health care provider. Several passengers in the United States recently developed symptoms and have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, including 11 positive cases in Florida. 

International Travel Advisory

The Florida Department of Health is advising all individuals who have traveled internationally to follow the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, summarized below:

  • Level 3: CDC recommends 14-day self-isolation and social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your County Health Department (CHD) or health care provider.
  • Level 2 and Cruises: Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your CHD or health care provider.

For more information regarding current CDC travel advisories related to COVID-19, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Port Everglades Advisory

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

  • FDOH 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.
  • FDOH also recommends employees of Metro Cruise Services at Port Everglades with any association to these cases self-isolate at home.
  • FDOH 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.
  • FDOH is working in close consultation with the CDC on this investigation.

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.

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