2 Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Indian River County

Indian River County and Brevard County coronavirus update.
Indian River County and Brevard County coronavirus update.

As of 11:00 a.m. Friday, Indian River County now has 2 positive cases of coronavirus. Both are residents in the county.

Yesterday, we reported the first case of coronavirus in Indian River County at approximately 6:20 p.m. The patient is a 77-year-old female. The second patient is a 69-year-old male, which is travel-related. The city where the patients reside has not been released.

Florida now has 423 active COVID-19 cases, and 10 deaths with 15 new cases being reported since yesterday. There are 30 tests still pending. About 1,020 people are being monitored in the state of Florida at this time.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sebastian City Hall and all other city facilities are now closed to the public – until further notice.

Coronavirus can spread through small droplets from person to person from the nose and mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes.

The droplets may land on objects and surfaces, living for days. Florida health officials say other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects and surfacings, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

It’s very important to know that COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Coronavirus symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure.

Healthy people can recover from coronavirus without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Please practice these everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneezing into a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Let’s stop the spread of COVID-19. Please, don’t go out in public unless you have to. If you are older and have a chronic condition, stay home.

If you have questions, the Indian River County Emergency Information Center is open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Call 772-226-4000. Or you can call the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 call center which is open 24/7. Call (866) 779-6121.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.