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The latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak in South Florida.

Coronavirus Cases Suspected In 19 Long-Term Care Facilities In Florida

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John McCall
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South Florida Sun Sentinel
Officials gather outside of the Atria Willow Wood assisted-living facility on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, where one resident died and several others are being tested.

The new coronavirus disease widened its attack on Florida’s most vulnerable population this week, with the announcement Wednesday that new cases were suspected or confirmed at 19 long-term care facilities.

The state would not identify the facilities or say where they were located. But one Fort Lauderdale facility may account for some of them.

The discovery of the coronavirus in so many facilities may reflect an increase in testing, which experts say has been done far too infrequently to present a true picture of the disease’s spread. But it also indicates the coronavirus has invaded Florida’s vast system of facilities for the elderly and infirm, a key vulnerability in a state with the largest elderly population in the United States.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.