The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County (DOH-Monroe) received a lab report Tuesday evening of positive COVID-19 (coronavirus) in a 48-year-old male resident of Monroe County. This is a travel-related case.

The individual is isolated at his home and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by the Department. He is expected to make a full recovery. Therefore, Monroe County has four positive cases in total.

The third positive COVID-19 case was reported Tuesday morning by the Florida Health Department. Health officials say it involves a 52-year-old female of Key West. Unlike the first two, the third case wasn’t associated with any travel overseas. The case is under investigation, the health department said. The individual is isolated at her home and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by the department. She is expected to make a full recovery.  

The first case, March 19, was of a 72-year old female resident from Key Largo who recently traveled to the United Kingdom. The individual is isolated at her home and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by the department. She is expected to make a full recovery.

The second case, March 23, involved a 54-year old woman from Key West. All indications of this infection indicate that it was acquired from her travel from France. The person is isolated at her home and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by the department. She also is expected to make a full recovery.

Statewide, cases have grown to 1,467, of which 1,379 are Florida residents and 88 non-Florida residents. Twenty have died from COVID-19. A total of 1,297 are being monitored.

We still have very few cases that have turned out positive,” said Bob Eadie,  administrator and health officer for Monroe County. “I think there will be more cases that will come. We could be a lot worse off than we have been. I think we’re doing well.”

DOH Monroe, Monroe County Emergency Management, Monroe County Board of County Commissioners, and local municipalities are working in close collaboration following CDC protocols. 

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.

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