Thursday, 8 Jun 2023

2 patients die from coronavirus in Florida, first U.S. deaths outside West Coast

Two people in Florida who previously tested positive for the new coronavirus have died, state health officials announced Friday, bringing the U.S. death toll from the virus to 16.

The Florida Department of Health said the two patients who died were in their 70s and had traveled overseas. It’s not yet clear where the two had travelled.

One of the fatal cases was a previously-announced case in Santa Rosa County, in Florida’s Panhandle. The man had pre-existing health conditions, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said when announcing the case Thursday.

The second death was one of three new presumptive cases announced in the state. The fatal case involved an elderly person in Lee County.

The other two new cases, aged 65 and 75, are in isolation in Broward County.

As of Friday night, the new announcements bring the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state from four to seven.

Officials had previously announced five Florida residents who had been traveling in China have also been quarantined elsewhere after testing positive for the virus.

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