A lady who died in Lee County from the coronavirus just lately traveled overseas and was in her 70s.
Another particular person examined optimistic for the illness on Saturday inside the similar county, officers revealed.
Along with new optimistic assessments in Charlotte, Manatee, Okaloosa, and Volusiacounties, that brings the full variety of optimistic instances of coronavirus to 16 in the state of Florida, in accordance to the Department of Health. That’s a fast escalation from three reported instances statewide Friday afternoon.
Two people have died in Florida. Both of these people have been state residents, however officers haven’t launched their names.
Lee Health officers on Saturday held a press conference at Gulf Coast Medical Center, the place the girl died.
There, Lee Heath CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci and an infection prevention Dr. Stephanie Stovall mentioned the precautions being taken on the facility to restrict unfold of the illness inside the group, hospital workers or visiting family members.
Officials couldn’t disclose if there was any relationship between the 2 Lee County sufferers or if they’d been in contact with each other.
Reporters pressed officers on transparency; Gov. Ron DeSantis at a press convention in Naples Friday had stated they’d been no new instances hours earlier than the Lee County affected person was revealed to have died from the sickness.
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott additionally criticized the dearth of transparency throughout an look on FOX News Saturday morning.
“I was very surprised when I learned about the death in Lee County, which is adjoining to the county I live in,” he stated. “We didn’t even know there was even a presumptive case. We want to be sure, the place did this individual journey? We want to be sure in the event that they traveled into the airport, who was on that flight? Let’s be sure they’ll get examined.
“We’ve bought to get data out. We want to have far more transparency in this. At each stage. State, federal and native. We want to have transparency. Like the case in Lee County. Tell folks. We didn’t know there was a case till the individual handed away.”
Scott continuously flies to and from Washington from Southwest Florida International Airport in Lee County.
Officials stated the sluggish launch of knowledge relates in half to affected person privateness. Until a person is positively confirmed to have the virus, the illness just isn’t thought-about a public well being menace and no data will likely be launched.
The particular person who died in Lee was confirmed to have the COVID-19 virus solely after her loss of life Thursday, officers stated. Health officers knowledgeable the Governor’s Office of the posthumous analysis Friday night.
Also, whereas officers in Lee County and elsewhere across the state make use of acceptable protocols on the first indications a affected person is presumptively optimistic, closing assessments should be finished at a Department of Health lab in Miami.
In Lee County, assessments have been shipped to Miami utilizing FedEx or pushed to the lab to get again data as shortly as potential.
DeSantis on Saturday directed the Division of Emergency Management to activate to a Level II state of emergency to guarantee correct sources are being deployed across the state.
“It is critical that we proactively coordinate all state resources to mitigate and contain #COVID19,” he tweeted Saturday.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno for his half praised the Governor’s Office for help offered in the midst of the emergency.
“The Governor has been phenomenal,” Marceno stated. “His chief of staff is doing a great job.”
He careworn that officers are releasing data to the general public as quick as take a look at outcomes will be confirmed.
Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman acknowledged Lee County has a tourism economic system and greets tens of millions of holiday makers annually, many worldwide vacationers visiting Sanibel Island and different seashores.
But he stated precautions are going down to stop the unfold of the virus inside the group. At this level, taxi cabs on the airport are being sanitized after each journey.
“Lee county did not wait until we heard about coronavirus being here to take precautions,” Hamman stated.