The number of positive coronavirus cases jumped to two Monday morning. Like the first case, the second is travel-related, according to health officials. 

Per the Florida Health Department, the second positive coronavirus case is a 54-year old woman from Key West. All indications of this infection indicate that it was acquired from her travel from France. This 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. 

Last Thursday the county announced its first case as a 72-year old female resident from Key Largo who recently traveled to the United Kingdom. This 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.

Health officials are expected to make an announcement on a third presumptive case later today as they await official results back.

To date, there are a total of 1,171 positive cases in the state of Florida. 

Anyone who has had close contact with someone showing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, who has recently traveled to an area with widespread COVID-10 transmission or been in contact with a person with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, should call ahead to a healthcare professional. The health care provider will work with the Department to determine if the person should be tested for COVID-19. Please visit www.flhealth.gov/covid-19 for Florida data and more information.

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Jim McCarthy is a northerner who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since his graduation from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 3 years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. Behind every community is resiliency and resolve in difficult times. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim serves as President of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. “It’s a group that lives by the motto ‘Service Above Self,’” he says. “We’ve done service projects at the Tavernier nursing home, sitting down and socializing with residents. “We’ve also supplied cameras to young students exploring the Keys ecosystem.” Jim loves sports, family and time exploring underneath the water depths.