The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus which has now been detected in 37 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
January 31, 2020– COVID-19 updates from the Florida Department of Health can be found here.
February 25, 2020– Latest updates from the CDC can be viewed here.
As of February 26,2020, the Florida Department of Health has reported zero active cases of COVID-19 in Florida. The FLDOH reminds Floridians that washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as COVID-19 and the flu.