Sister of Tampa Bay coronavirus patient also tests positive, roommate monitored; 4 tests remain outstanding


TAMPA (WFLA) — The second person in Hillsborough County and third in Florida has tested “presumptive positive” for the Coronavirus, according to Florida’s Governor Office.

Governor Ron DeSantis said the sister of the woman who the CDC confirmed to have the virus Monday is the individual who tested “presumptive positive” Tuesday. The sister is a California resident but currently in isolation in Florida.

Testing “presumptive positive” for Coronavirus means the subjects have tested positive for COVID-19 through state laboratories, however, the state is awaiting further confirmation from the Center for Disease Control.

This third patient in Florida is a 22-year-old woman who is a California resident, but remains in isolation here in the state. If the third patient were to test positive they would classify as a California case.

The initial Hillsborough County patient’s roommate is also in isolation, but has not tested positive at this time.


The Center for Disease Control confirmed the two Florida “presumptive positive” tests yesterday, a woman in Hillsborough County and a man in Manatee County.

The governor’s office said another individual, the woman’s roommate is being monitored in isolation and awaiting test results. She has not tested positive at this time.

At this time four tests remain outstanding and top lawmakers are starting to talk about setting aside additional money to fight the virus.

“You know maybe 10 to 20 million dollars until we know what we are looking at with the numbers still in play,” said Senate President Bill Galvano.

State University faculty staff and students were told in a memo that anyone traveling from China, South Korea, Japan Iran or Italy would not be allowed on campuses for at least 14 days after returning and the Department of Agriculture, which regulates gas stations is asking wipes or paper towels be provided for customers use because of how long COVID-19 can survive.

“Coronaviruses can live up to nine days in hard surfaces including glass, metal, steel,” said Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Mary Barzee Flores.

Governor DeSantis continues to emphasize that frequent hand washing, not touching your face and staying home if you are sick is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading.


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