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'Presumptive positive' case of coronavirus reported in Florida Panhandle

DeSantis says 8 Floridians have tested positive
Posted at 11:15 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 18:51:35-05

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Gov. Ron DeSantis says that a person has tested 'presumptive positive' for coronavirus in Santa Rosa County.

Gov. DeSantis says the elderly man who tested positive is in Santa Rosa County and had been traveling internationally. The man, who's in his 70s, also has underlying medical conditions.

"He had been doing international travel," the governor said. "He's not in shape to fully answer all the questions, so there's an investigation ongoing."

The governor also said five Florida residents who recently traveled to China have tested positive for coronavirus and are being quarantined. The governor didn't say where the residents are being quarantined at.

The governor and First Lady Casey DeSantis were at the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Thursday to speak about mental health grants when the announcement was made.

Two cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, have been confirmed in Florida. Another two cases are waiting confirmation by the CDC.

The governor says Florida's risk level for coronavirus is still low.