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State Corrects Advisory On Who Should Self-Isolate For Coronavirus

Carl Juste/Miami Herald
International travelers arrive at Miami International Airport wearing facemasks as many are concerned with contracting the possible fatal Wuhan coronavirus on Thursday, February 5, 2020.

Two hours after alarming state residents by saying anyone who traveled outside the country should “self-isolate” for 14 days, Florida health officials corrected themselves, saying that the guidance applies only to people who traveled to certain hot spots for transmission.

Around 2 p.m. Monday, under the heading of an “update,” the Florida Department of Health corrected a noon release that erroneously said the agency was “advising all individuals who have traveled internationally to self-isolate for 14 days following their date of return to the United States.”

The corrected release said that guidance was actually “mandatory” but only applies to “Level 3” countries: Italy, China, South Korea and Iran. The agency clarified that mandatory self-isolation for travelers from those countries came from guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read more at the Miami Herald.