Broward County, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health has announced a new positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida.
A 69-year-old woman in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19. The woman will remain isolated until cleared by public health officials.
The department, through an extensive investigation, identified this new case as the third positive case of COVID-19 associated with Port Everglades. Further, all three cases are connected to or employed by Metro Cruise Services -- a company that operates at Port Everglades.
The Florida Department of Health recommends all individuals experiencing symptoms, who have recently traveled through Port Everglades, to immediately contact their county health department or health care provider and self-isolate for 14 days.
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The department also recommends employees of Metro Cruise Services at Port Everglades, with any association to these cases, to self-isolate at home.
”While we remain fully operational, in addition to the additional cleaning of public areas, cruise terminals, and other port facilities, all of our cruise line partners have taken extra precautions to disinfect the cruise terminals and are pre-screening passengers for signs of illness,“ Glenn Wiltshire, Acting Chief Executive and Port Director of the Broward County Port Everglades Department, said.
The CDC recommends that individuals with recent travel history on a cruise to monitor their health for 14 days and, if they develop symptoms, to immediately self-isolate and contact their county health department or health care provider.
Symptoms of the virus may appear in two to 14 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
There have now been four confirmed cases of coronavirus in Broward County.
Call the state of Florida’s 24/7 hotline for COVID-19 at 1 (866) 779-6121 for assistance in connecting with your county health department or health care provider.