Originally detected in China, a new coronavirus (COVID-19) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory disease has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including the United States. 
 
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus.

 

On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
 
So far the CDC has reported community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in California (in two places), Oregon and Washington. Community spread in Washington resulted in the first death in the United States from COVID-19, as well as the first reported case of COVID-19 in a health care worker, and the first potential outbreak in a long-term care facility.

 

On Sunday, March 1, the Florida Department of Health announced the first two presumptive positive cases of 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Florida. Since then, there have been 423 positive cases in Florida with 9 cases having passed away as a result. Governor DeSantis declared a state of emergency on Monday, March 9. 

 

As counties grapple with responding to the ever changing information coming out regarding COVID-19, FAC felt we could all learn from each other. View the results below to see how other counties in Florida are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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