Two People Die in Florida from COVID-19, First Known Deaths Outside California and Washington
By Fox News // March 7, 2020
U.S. death toll from coronavirus increases to 14
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(FOX NEWS) – Two people in Florida who tested positive for the coronavirus have died, becoming the first known fatalities outside California and Washington state, health officials reported Friday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an order Saturday directing a Level II public health emergency in the state after two people, who were both in their 70s and had traveled overseas died, according to the Florida Department of Health.
The announcement raises the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus strain to at least 14, including 11 in the state of Washington and one in California, with at least 253 confirmed cases across the country.
One of the Floridian deaths was a man with underlying health issues in Santa Rosa County in Florida’s Panhandle and the other was an elderly person in Lee County, in the Fort Myers area.
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I have directed @FLSERT to activate to Level II to ensure Florida has all the necessary resources engaged as we respond to #COVID19. It is critical that we proactively coordinate all state resources to mitigate and contain #COVID19.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 7, 2020
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