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Florida's Broward County Declares State of Emergency

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By    |   Tuesday, 10 March 2020 01:47 PM

Broward County, Florida, is declaring a state of emergency as it deals with its fourth resident testing positive for the coronavirus.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported the county brought its emergency operations center to a level 2 status. The change calls for partial activation of emergency service personnel.

"This is a very, very fluid situation and we need to act as quickly as we can," Broward County administrator Bertha Henry said.

Three of the four cases in the county are associated with Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, according to WPLG-TV. They reportedly involve employees of Metro Cruise Services, which provides guest services for cruise ships at the port, according to the Sentinel.

NBC6 in Miami reported a 69-year-old woman is the fourth Broward resident to test positive for the virus and the third employee of Metro Cruise Services to have the virus.

The television news said the Florida Department of Health is asking those who recently traveled through Port Everglades to isolate themselves for 14 days if they start developing symptoms.

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