Two people have died and two new presumptive positive cases have been identified in Broward County.

The first Floridians to die from the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are two seniors who recently traveled internationally, the Department of Health announced late Friday.


Moreover, two new "presumptive positive" cases have been identified in Broward County. Presumptive positives mean results from state-conducted tests that have not yet been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



Who died from COVID-19?


A previously announced COVID-19 patient in Santa Rosa County — a man in his early 70s — died after an international trip.


A new individual, also in the 70s, who tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 in Lee County also has died, and also after an international trip. That person's precise age and gender was not disclosed.


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New presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida


A 75-year-old male in Broward County has been identified as a presumptive positive. This person is "isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials," state health officials said.


Further, a 65-year-old man in Broward County has been identified as a presumptive positive. This person also is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials.


The Department of Health said it is "working closely with the patients, potential close contacts of each case and health care providers to isolate and monitor persons who might have been exposed to COVID-19 and implement testing of anyone who may develop COVID-19 symptoms."


According to a Health Department website, there are six known positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida residents as of Friday night.


There are 100 negative test results, and 88 tests are pending results. There are 278 people currently being monitored for the virus, and 1,010 have been monitored altogether as of Friday. That means they are "under the supervision of public health officials," the website explains.


Lee County takes action after coronavirus death


In a separate statement, Lee Health said it is "working closely" with the Department of Health after the death of the Lee County patient who tested positive.


The patient was tested for COVID-19 in accordance with guidelines provided by the FDOH after arriving at Gulf Coast Medical Center with severe respiratory ailment, according to that press release. The agency notified Lee Health of the presumptive positive test results Friday evening.


"We are saddened by the family’s loss and will continue to monitor and take appropriate precautions on behalf of patients, caregivers, and the community," said Dr. Larry Antonucci, president and CEO of Lee Health.


Employees and others who have come into contact with coronavirus patients are being evaluated. No Lee Health employees have shown signs of infection, but they have been isolated as a precaution and are being monitored closely.