Florida Boy, 10, Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Most Other Cases in Area Affect People 65 and Over


A 10-year-old boy in Southwest Florida has examined constructive for COVID-19, the illness attributable to the coronavirus. He was one in every of 23 new coronavirus circumstances that examined constructive within the Fort Myers space on Wednesday, and somebody strikingly younger for an space that initially had most of its circumstances in folks aged 65 or older.

Officials in Southwest Florida say the boy just lately traveled to Colorado, however declare the kid had no contact with anybody who has additionally had the virus, in response to WINK News, the CBS affiliate in Southwest Florida.

Florida Boy, 10, Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Most Other Cases in Area Affect People 65 and Over
A member of the well being care workers from the Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) prepares to check folks for the coronavirus within the car parking zone of its Doris Ison Health Center on March 18, 2020 in Miami, Florida. CHI stated the testing for COVID-19 shall be from Monday by means of Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

There’s a notion that solely aged folks, or these with underlying well being situations, usually tend to contract COVID-19. More than half the circumstances in Southwest Florida have been sufferers over the age of 65. However, circumstances total within the state are surging, with practically 300 new circumstances reported Wednesday morning, bringing the state’s complete to 1,977 to this point with 23 deaths. Florida is a well-liked vacationer vacation spot and 122 of the Florida’s constructive circumstances have been from out-of-state residents.

The baby who examined constructive Wednesday is in Lee County, which is dwelling to greater than 730,000 folks unfold throughout Fort Myers, Cape Coral and different outlying areas and barrier islands on the Gulf of Mexico.

Three folks from Lee County have already died from coronavirus. The county has listed 52 folks with coronavirus. In the start, most of these have been age 65 or older, however of the final 18 individuals who examined constructive, solely 4 have been over 65. Twelve of the brand new circumstances hit folks beneath the age of 55, together with eight individuals who have been 40 or youthful.

The heaviest-hit elements of Florida are the Tampa space and the Greater Miami area—excluding Monroe County and the Keys.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this week has referred to as for screening passengers on all flights from the New York City space to Florida, saying New York City and the tri-state space has grow to be the world’s latest scorching spot, and that many are fleeing the world now {that a} shut-in has been put in place.

Florida is just not beneath a statewide shelter-in-place order, although many residents have referred to as upon the governor to enact one. DeSantis left it as much as the person counties and cities. Lee County’s commissioners voted Wednesday to not implement an order.

There have been greater than 54,000 constructive circumstances within the United States, together with greater than 735 deaths, in response to knowledge from the Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday afternoon.