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As cases of coronavirus begin to pop up across the country, Leon County officials are starting to coordinate resources in preparation for a potential outbreak in Florida.

2020年欧冠赛程表After Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Health Secretary Scott Rivkees met with Vice President Mike Pence in West Palm Beach Friday, state officials revealed they are monitoring about 150 people, according to The Miami Herald. The state has tested 15 people for coronavirus, all with negative results. There still are no confirmed cases in Florida.

DeSantis said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled the Sunshine State as “low risk” for an outbreak to occur.

The coronavirus has infected more than 83,000 people and killed nearly 3,000 people globally as of Friday morning.

2020年欧冠赛程表Locally, the Florida Department of Health in Leon County has asked the County Commission to set up a call room to handle overflow, should it begin to receive more calls than it can take at its Orange Avenue facilities. That's according to a Thursday email from County Administrator Vince Long to commissioners.

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Additionally, Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters has notified the Emergency Support Function agencies that the local Emergency Operations Center could be partially activated and become a staging area for health care officials.

“While we are used to seeing the Emergency Operations Center filled with hundreds of public safety team members, it is most likely that in the weeks and months ahead specific health care teams and coalitions will use the space to convene and collaborate on the changing nature of COVID-19,” Long wrote in an email.

That came the same day it was announced that a California woman had contracted the virus — with no known connection to travel abroad or other known cases. State officials also are monitoring 8,400 people who may have been exposed after traveling to Asia. 

2020年欧冠赛程表China, though hardest hit, has seen lower numbers of new infections, with 327 additional cases reported Friday, bringing the country's total to 78,824. South Korea has recorded 2,337 cases, the most outside of China.

2020年欧冠赛程表At least 15 cases have been confirmed in the U.S.

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Florida Department of Health Leon County Spokeswoman Pam Saulsby said Florida is in the midst of validating its CDC-issued test kits at labs in Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami, in an email following questions about the number of kits in the state and their ability to test for the virus. 

The CDC is responsible for testing but said late Friday that it was working to make sure each could do testing independently. 

2020年欧冠赛程表Long wrote that a committee is reviewing internal government protocols to be sure the county can respond as more information becomes available about the virus and its possible spread.

He was also in close coordination with the Leon County School District, Tallahassee’s two hospitals and three higher education institutions. Any updates would come from a single source: The local health department.

“This single source of vetted, accurate emergency information will be critical for the community as we continue to stay informed, stay prepared and plan our actions and response, just like any natural disaster we have faced in recent years,” Long wrote.

2020年欧冠赛程表Emergency Management staff have been participating in statewide coordination calls with health officials about the virus and put together an incident management team similar to one at the state level.

Unlike the Zika virus, which spread airborne via mosquito, the coronavirus can only be transmitted from an infected person to another person via respiratory contact. It is more infectious than the flu and has a mortality rate of 2% versus the 0.1% rate of influenza.

Symptoms include sneezing, cough, shortness of breath, and sometimes pneumonia, an infection in which the lungs fill up with fluid.

Contact Karl Etters at ketters@m3dancehouse.com or @KarlEtters on Twitter.

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