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CDC confirms 2 Florida residents have coronavirus

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 16:29:43-05

(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.

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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.

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