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COVID-19 Confirmed in Hillsborough and Manatee Counties

Gov. Ron Desantis has confirmed two positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida: a 20-yr-old female in Hillsborough County who recently traveled from Italy and a 60-yr-old male in Manatee County. It is unknown how the Manatee County patient contracted the virus.

The state is also monitoring 184 people to see if they have contracted the virus, and DeSantis warns that more positive cases are likely. However, the governor maintains that the "overall immediate threat to the public is low."

According to Health News Florida, the Department of Health can now test for coronavirus in Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami, with results available within 24-48 hours. Previously, the CDC conducted tests, which took 5 days to process.

FCEP has created a page of COVID-19 resources that you can bookmark for easy access. Access it from's homepage, the "About" menu, or here: more

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