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Coronavirus Florida: Cases jump by more than 50% in 1 day as outbreak spreads across state

The Herald-Tribune - 3/11/2020

Mar. 11--Florida's coronavirus outbreak expanded significantly Tuesday, with the number of cases jumping by more than 50 percent in one day and five more counties reporting individuals with the virus.

The Florida Department of Health reported nine new cases Tuesday. The virus has now been detected in nearly every part of the state, with the Jacksonville and Gainesville areas becoming the latest regions to report cases.

Florida now has 23 cases of coronavirus, up from 14 on Monday, and two have died. Cases of the virus have been reported in 13 counties, including two in Manatee County.

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Among the nine cases disclosed by DOH Tuesday, three are in Collier County, two are in Pinellas County, one is in Alachua County, one is in Nassau County, one is in Pasco County and one is in Broward County. Those are the first cases reported in all of those counties, other than Broward. All of the new cases are individuals in their 60s or 70s except for the Pasco County man, who is 46.

The new cases are largely travel related, but one is a cruise ship company worker and the DOH did not list travel as the source of the Alachua County positive test.

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