Florida COVID-19 update, Farnell Middle School closes and USF to go to remote instruction

Florida state health officials reported three new positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday. Details of the cases are as follows:

  • A 63-year old male New York resident who is currently in St. Johns County has tested positive. He is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. This is a travel-related case where this individual traveled from New York to attend Daytona Bike Week in Daytona, Florida. The New York Department of Health is leading the epidemiological investigation for this individual.
  • A 56-year old male in Miami-Dade County has tested positive. He is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. This is a travel-related case.
  • A 70-year old male in Broward County tested as positive. He is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. This individual attended an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Conference in Tampa, Florida. The epidemiological investigation is underway.

This brings the total cases to 23 Florida residents, 5 Florida cases repatriated and 3 Non-Florida residents. The death toll remains at two.

Farnell Middle School

In Tampa, Hillsborough County Public Schools decided to close Farnell Middle School Thursday and Friday due to a person who regularly on Farnell’s campus had recent contact with someone who is positive for coronavirus.

The individual has NO symptoms, however the decision was made to allow deep cleaning of the school.

USF

The University of South Florida announced Wednesday they will begin transitioning all classes to remote instruction for two weeks following spring break, March 23 through at least April 5. Students traveling for spring break next week should plan to not return to campus for at least two weeks following. Students who had not been planning to travel for spring break should make plans to return home, if possible. Although students are encouraged to remain off campus during this time, residential students who wish to remain in their residence halls may do so.

All classes and necessary support functions will continue remotely.

At this time, all university-sponsored events on campus, at other USF instructional sites or off campus scheduled in the next 30 days must be postponed or canceled.

 

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