First Coronavirus Case Identified in Brevard County

Coronavirus in Brevard County.
Coronavirus in Brevard County.

Brevard County now has its first presumptive positive case of coronavirus, according to the Florida Department of Health.

A presumptive positive result is when a patient has tested positive by a local public health laboratory, but those results are still pending confirmation at a CDC lab.

“The arrival of coronavirus in Brevard is neither a surprise nor catastrophic. The county has been taking preventative actions since January, actions which have been expanded in recent days. The county and our partner agencies have all necessary resources and support personnel to address this occurrence,” Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan Lober told Sebastian Daily.

Additional information on whether the virus was travel-related, as well as gender and age of the person infected, is not immediately available.

The news comes barely a week after Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency following the state’s first coronavirus disease-related deaths.

This past week, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The past Friday, President Donald Trump declared coronavirus a national emergency.

As of Monday evening, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sebastian or Indian River County.

Florida has confirmed 142 cases of coronavirus across the state.

Earlier today, a few Sebastian businesses are preparing for a temporary shut down. Florida may be joining other states to close bars and restaurants. Gov. DeSantis said he would make that decision on Tuesday morning.

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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.