Documented early circulation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida, USA, since February 2020

J Public Health (Oxf). 2020 Aug 18;42(3):517-518. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdaa054.

Abstract

In this Update, we document the circulation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida, USA, since February 2020. On 8th March 2020, a confirmed case of COVID-19 was notified to the Health Authority of Central Tuscany, Florence, Italy. The patient developed symptoms on 3rd March while staying in Miami where he arrived on 12th February. The case returned to Italy on 6th March and was admitted to a local hospital of Florence on 7th March with fever (38.2°C/100.4°F), cough and breathing difficulties. First COVID-19 cases in Florida where confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on 2nd March as imported cases. Therefore, this event documents COVID-19 circulation in Florida at least since mid-February 2020.

Keywords: COVID-19; Case Report.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission*
  • Disease Outbreaks / statistics & numerical data*
  • Early Diagnosis*
  • Florida / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / transmission*
  • SARS-CoV-2