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CDC confirms 2 Florida residents have coronavirus

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 15:48:39-05

(WTXL) — The CDC confirmed Monday afternoon that two people in the Tampa Bay area have the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

On Sunday, DeSantis announced that two people in the Tampa Bay area were the first to test presumptive positive for the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. The positive tests were confirmed by the CDC.

During a press conference on Monday, the Florida Department of Health said that one patient is an adult male in his 60s in Manatee County and did not have a travel history to countries identified for restricted travel by the CDC.

The second patient is a 20-year-old woman in Hillsborough County who recently traveled to Italy. She is isolated at home and will remain isolated until cleared by public health officials.

Gov. DeSantis said that to date, 23 people have been tested for coronavirus in Florida, and 184 people are currently being monitored.