ORLANDO, FL — As Florida voters take to the polls on Tuesday — the number of positive coronavirus cases in the sunshine state has reached over 190, according to health officials.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has provided 500 testing kits to hospitals and private laboratories across the state, ensuring the immediate quarantine of those who test positive.
DeSantis also stressed the importance of postponing activities that bring in large crowds in the next eight weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“People are trying to do the right thing, so to have people congregating in these bars or on these beaches like this, I think undercuts the efforts to protect our vulnerable populations.”
Meanwhile, an unnamed Filipina from Orlando became the first coronavirus death reported in Los Angeles County.
She and her husband left Orlando in February for a trip to Thailand and the Philippines to celebrate their retirement. The couple had a long layover in South Korea before arriving in Los Angeles to visit their relatives.
But the Filipina, who was over 60 years old and had underlying health conditions, died 36 hours after arriving at LAX. Her husband, who showed symptoms of the disease, is being quarantined at a hospital in LA.
Several major theme parks in Orlando have also closed down amid the crisis.
As people continue to take precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic, health officials issued some reminders.
“Anyone who becomes ill or may have symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately contact their county health department or their primary care provider before physically going to the doctor.