3/14/20
The president declared a national emergency, which opens potential reimbursement of costs expended by public agencies. Details are not yet available on amount, allowable costs, and process. No individual assistance for members of the public have been announced.

The last 24 hours have seen a rise in the total number of cases in the United States, as expected. This is likely a combination of increased cases occurring and increased availability of testing resulting in ‘catching up’ on cases that emerged in the last week. We should expect continued rise in cases over the next 1-2 weeks at minimum. It will not be clear for some time if this represents increased community transmission or simply diagnosis of existing cases. This is common in the early stages of a new disease. The rate of new cases in Florida has increased significantly, similarly from a combination of causes. 18 out of 28 new cases were in south Florida.

CDC and US DOS now issued level 3 advisory for all foreign travel recommending 14 days of self-isolation and social distancing upon return to the US.

Florida totals:

• 70 cases of lab-confirmed COVID-19 (+28 since yesterday with 27 new cases being foreign-travel acquired or still under investigation. 1 case in Manatee county without known exposure or travel)
• 3 deaths (+1 since yesterday. Death occurred in CA, FL resident with recent foreign travel)
• 365 people being monitored (-111 since yesterday, these people have reported contact with a case or recent return from travel, but HAVE NO SYMPTOMS)
• 1413 people that have completed monitoring without becoming ill

Florida news/guidance changes:

There are now several young adult cases, particularly in Broward, all associated with European travel: 19, 19, 20, 20, 22

Palm Beach County:

• 5 Cases (+3 since yesterday)
• Unknown number being monitored. Because of the small number per county, FDOH cannot release county-level stats for patient privacy

PBC news/guidance changes:

The ages of the cases in Palm Beach county remain in adults and elderly: 37, 59, 65, 73, 74

Nearby counties:

 Broward: 20 (+9 since yesterday)
 Miami-Dade: 8 (+6 since yesterday)
 Collier: 3

The best strategies for prevention of becoming ill from COVID-19 (and all respiratory illnesses) remain unchanged. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds (alcohol sanitizer if soap/water not available), cover your cough/sneeze, stay home if you’re sick, clean and disinfect surfaces at least daily.