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DeSantis: NYC Traveler Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Intercepted In Jax

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said an executive order that requires a 14-day self-quarantine for everyone coming from airports in New York City has already helped to stop the possible spread of the novel coronavirus in Jacksonville.

Speaking during a press conference Saturday afternoon, DeSantis said a traveler who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 was on a flight from a New York City airport to Jacksonville on Friday when he was intercepted at an airport checkpoint and taken to a local hospital, WJCT News partner News4Jax reported.

DeSantis said the man thought his symptoms had lessened enough to travel, but his symptoms returned.

More from the governor's Saturday news conference is at this News4Jaxpage.

The Florida Department of Health officials released updated numbers Saturday about the coronavirus in the state. Here are some key takeaways:


  • 3,763: Number of confirmed cases in Florida.
  • 565: Increase over a Friday night count.
  • 54: Number of deaths in Florida, an increase of eight over a Friday night count.
  • 39,542: Number of Florida tests performed.
  • 11: Number of deaths in Broward County, the largest in the state.
  • 39: Youngest age of a Florida resident who has died, a Lee County resident who died March 25.
  • 96: Oldest age of a Florida resident who has died, a Broward County resident.
  • 18: Number of counties where Florida residents have died.
  • 1,003: Number of cases in Miami-Dade County, the largest in the state.
  • 20: Number of Florida's 67 counties with no cases.
  • 56: Number of cases in long-term care facilities.
  • 955: Number of cases of Florida residents age 65 or older.

 Source: Florida Department of Health


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