TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — August marks six months since Florida leaders announced the first cases of coronavirus in the state.
While data released in May suggested as many as 171 cases of COVID-19 were detected in the state as early as January and February, it wasn’t until March 1 that what was believed to be Florida’s first cases of the virus were announced. Both cases came from the Tampa Bay area.
One of those cases was a 29-year-old Hillsborough County woman who had recently returned from a trip to Italy. The other was a 63-year-old man in Manatee County who had been in contact with someone who had the coronavirus.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide safer-at-home order in April. One month later, he announced his plan to reopen the state.
A total of 389,868 people have now been infected in the state with 5,518 Florida residents dead.
The state’s youngest fatality so far is a 9-year-old Putnam County girl.
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