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Two deaths related to COVID-19 reported in Florida

The Florida Department of Health said the man in Santa Rosa County and a person who tested "presumptive positive" in Lee County were deceased.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It's important to remember that most people who contract coronavirus will fully recover, but sadly the Department of Health reported Friday two people in Florida who tested positive for the virus have died.

One was an elderly man with a history of traveling. He was fighting the disease in Santa Rosa County, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Health leaders said the other was a person in Lee County who had tested "presumptive positive" for the virus. No other information was released about that case.

The Florida Department of Health also said there were two presumptive positive cases in Broward County.

In total, six Florida residents and one non-Florida resident in the state have tested positive. One hundred people have tested negative, and 88 people are waiting for test results. 

The Florida Department of Health has a website set up for the latest information on coronavirus in the state.

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Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. They may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days. Most people recover, although older people and individuals with underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes are at a greater risk of developing a more serious illness. 

There isn't yet a vaccine for preventing COVID-19, so the best way to stay healthy is to limit your risk of being exposed to it.

To stay safe from the coronavirus, health experts say you should wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-percent alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.

The CDC does not recommend healthy people without symptoms wear facemasks. Those should be reserved for people with symptoms -- to help stop them from spreading it to other people. They should also be used by health care workers, as necessary.

Coronavirus is a family of viruses commonly found in a number of animals, including bats, camels, cats and cattle. Sometimes, though not often, according to the CDC, coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans. Other examples of this include SARS and MERS.

These diseases cause everything from the common cold to pneumonia and more serious respiratory issues.

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