By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported an additional 275 positive COVID-19 cases yesterday evening, bringing the state’s total to 4,038 cases–this includes 3877 in Florida residents and the remainder in non-residents.
Officials are reporting 56 COVID-19 related fatalities with the addition of two deaths in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties late Saturday. Broward County has reported 11 deaths alone, the most in a single county.
In related news from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal health agency issued a domestic travel advisory late Saturday for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply.
The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory.
Lastly, Apple Inc. – in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – released an app and website Friday that guides Americans through a series of questions about their health and exposure to determine if they should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms. The tool provides CDC recommendations on next steps including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider.
This launch is a direct response to President Trump’s call for an all-of-America approach and will help Americans heed CDC guidelines and self-isolate to limit COVID-19 transmission.
Users can download the free app from Apple’s App or access the tool online at www.apple.com/covid19. Everyone has a role to play as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. The latest recommendations can be found at www.coronavirus.govexternal icon.
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