Despite social media rumors, there are currently no Coronavirus cases in Florida

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the World Health Organization, there are 71,429 confirmed cases of the coronavirus globally and 1,772 people have died as a result of the virus.

There have been no confirmed coronavirus cases at either Bay Medical or Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Bay County. (CNN)

However here in Florida, the Department of Health says there are no cases of the virus, although they are continuing to monitor the situation.

Despite local rumors, both Bay Medical and Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center say neither have diagnosed any cases of the virus.

There are some common-sense precautions you can take like washing your hands with soap and water, or using of alcohol-based hand rubs.

You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands and encourage people around you to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

On Monday the Bay County Health Department released a statement saying:

"There have been no cases of COVID-19 identified in Florida.

The Florida Department of Health is actively involved in enhanced surveillance for respiratory illness that may be COVID-19. Epidemiologists will follow up on any suspected cases that meet criteria for COVID-19 to arrange for testing when needed and monitor contacts of any confirmed cases, if they occur. Epidemiologic consultation is available 24/7 through the county health departments and Bureau of Epidemiology at 850-245-4401.

The Florida Department of Health will communicate regularly with the public and health care providers with updates on COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization are excellent sources of information about this evolving outbreak. You can access their websites here:

For Florida specific information, please consult The Florida Department of Health website:"

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