The Florida Department of Health’s latest update on COVID-19 includes three new presumptive cases in the state, and Florida’s first two deaths from the virus.

One of the new cases is in Lee County, and that person has died. A previously-announced person in Santa Rosa County has died. The other two presumptive positives — cases a state health lab has tested positive without CDC confirmation — are in Broward County.

Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management to activate to level 2 to coordinate the state’s COVID-19 and provide critical support to the Florida Department of Health and county health departments.

The health department still has no positive tests in Osceola or neighboring counties.

Updated Florida stats:

  • 12 positive cases on COVID-19 in Florida, including five repatriated cases (Floridians who got it out of state, have been brought back and quarantined) and a non-Florida resident;
  • 100 Negative test results;
  • 88 Pending results;
  • 272 people being monitored;
  • 1,010 people monitored to date.

There are a number of these we can all do to help reduce infections and stay healthy… remember to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

For COVID19 updates visit the Florida Health website. A Call Center is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 866-779-6121, or email your questions to