BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – The first presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Brevard County was identified by the Florida Department of Health on Monday, March 16, 2020.
The COVID-19 patient is a female whose contraction of the virus was travel-related and not community transmitted.
The age of the Brevard County coronavirus patient has not yet been released.
Also, the Florida Department of Health has not revealed whether the patient is a Florida resident or out-of-state visitor.
The news comes barely a week after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency following the state’s first coronavirus disease-related deaths.
This past week, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
This past Friday, President Donald Trump declared coronavirus a national emergency.
On Saturday, Brevard County declared a local state of emergency, which provides the county additional avenues to obtain protective equipment for first responders and sanitation supplies for critical public facilities; to make adjustments on leave policies; to tap into financial reserves to deal with potential emergencies; to seek federal reimbursement for consequence management actions.
As of Monday evening, Florida has confirmed 142 cases of coronavirus across the state, including confirmed cases in neighboring Volusia, Seminole, Osceola, and Orange counties.
The City of Cape Canaveral declared a State of Emergency on Monday and the City of Cocoa Beach is expected to declare a State of Emergency on Tuesday.
Brevard County Emergency Management stated that it continues to work closely with local, state and federal health officials to monitor the spread of the disease.
“The arrival of coronavirus in Brevard is neither a surprise nor catastrophic,” said Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan Lober.
“The County has been taking preventative actions since January, actions which have been expanded in recent days. The County and our partner agencies have all the necessary resources and support personnel to address this occurrence.”
The message for prevention continues to be an individual responsibility, with the key focus on social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings to prevent the spread of germs.
Individuals should continue to wash their hands often and thoroughly, using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Other measures to aid in prevention include:
• Practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet between yourself and others;
• Avoid large gatherings;
• Self-isolate if you are sick; and
• Call your regular physician, local emergency room, or urgent care clinic for screening to determine whether you should be seen by medical personnel.
Brevard County residents may call 2-1-1 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for up-to-date information regarding coronavirus.
After hours, anyone with questions should call the FDOH COVID-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121.
The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.