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

Mar 19, 2020

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.