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FDOH urging sick international travelers to self-isolate for 2 weeks

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 16:16:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(WTXL) — The Florida Department of Health is advising sick individual who have traveled internationally to self-isolate for 14 days after returning to the U.S.

FDOH says the recommendation comes as an effort to keep all Florida residents and visitors safe in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Officials are also advising all individuals who traveled on a river cruise on the Nile River in Egypt in February 2020 to self-isolate for 14 days following their date of return to the United States.

Several passengers in the United States recently developed symptoms and have been confirmed to be infected

Below are the latest COVID-19 testing results:

• 18 Florida cases (17 Florida residents)

o 12 diagnosed in Florida

o 5 diagnosed and isolated in another state

o 1 confirmed positive non-Florida resident isolated in Florida.

• 115 tests in state results pending

• 140 negatives

• 1,104 people monitored to date

• 302 of 1,104 are currently being monitored

Health officials say people who have tested positive for COVID-19 will remain in isolation until they test negative.

FDOH has dedicated a COVID-19 webpage for information and guidance regarding cases in Florida.

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-(866) 779-6121.

The Call Center is available 24 hours a day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.