Monday’s coronavirus pandemic updates; Florida cases continue to climb
As of Monday afternoon, there are 160 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. This number includes 18 cases of non-Florida residents diagnosed in the state.
More than 3,700 people have tested positive for the new COVID-19 disease in the U.S. and at least 71 have died. Globally, the death toll was just over 6,500 on Monday, with the weekend seeing an alarming spike in fatalities in three European nations grappling with aggressive outbreaks. While more than 169,000 people have caught the virus around the world, almost half have already recovered, and the vast majority of cases remain mild.
Governor Ron DeSantis said in a press conference, the Florida National Guard is being used for drive-through coronavirus testing, He added that the State has requested from the federal government things like ventilators, ordered directly from manufacturers.
According to the Florida Department of Health:
*Last update 7 p.m.
- Travel related: 45
- Contact with confirmed case: 32
- Travel & contact with confirmed case: 51
- Under investigation: 32
The latest numbers from the state health department includes an Orange County patient-resident who died Monday after testing positive for COVID-19. The patient was a 68-year-old woman. Her test was performed in California following travel to Asia.
Monday’s COVID-19 headlines
- New White House guidance advises avoiding groups of 10 or more, restaurants and bars
- Are already crowded hospitals in Southwest Florida ready for a COVID-19 outbreak?
- Fort Myers couple self-quarantines after cruise; ‘right thing to do’
- Naples declares state of emergency in response to coronavirus, election still held Tuesday
- Fort Myers council member on cruise, says coronavirus being taken seriously
- Fort Myers Beach orders small rec businesses to close, beach remains packed
- Collier County expected to declare a State of local Emergency to make more funding available
- Coronavirus vaccine test begins as US volunteer gets 1st shot
- Miami Beach’s spring break ‘canceled’
- Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall suspends all events through March 31
- Stocks nosedive on Wall Street, triggering a trading halt
- Mobile testing centers in SWFL open Monday
- Lee, Collier, and Charlotte schools districts will continue providing meals to students during break
- MLB delays opening day to mid-May at earliest due to virus
- US airlines seek billions in aid from federal government