COVID-19

Updated at 9:20 p.m. ET

Three security screeners at a Northern California airport have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed in an email late Tuesday.

The transportation security officers, all of whom work at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, are the first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus within the agency, according to a union official with TSA Council 100.

The identities of the three screeners have not been released.

If you or someone in your household is sick with a fever and cough, you may be dealing with another symptom: the fear that you have coronavirus.

What are you supposed to do?

First of all, don't panic. Remember that it's still flu and cold season in the U.S., and seasonal allergies are starting up, too. Unless your symptoms are getting dramatically worse or you feel short of breath, you may not need to seek medical treatment (though it's OK to call your doctor and ask).

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

This post covered South Florida coronavirus news updates from March 10 through March 15. Because of the swift and frequent changes in this ongoing story, WLRN has--for the moment--decided to start a fresh roundup each day. To find today's Coronavirus Live Update, click here

Rodrigo Abd / AP

When São Paulo, Brazil, reported Latin America’s first case of the new coronavirus last month, South Florida had reason to worry.

Coronavirus
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Congressional leaders spent Monday morning meeting with representatives from South Florida hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, airport and Port Everglades officials as well as county commissioners, about new cases of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Broward.  

The group gathered at Nova Southeastern University's medical campus to discuss their needs that have arisen now that the contagious respiratory illness, COVID-19 has made its way to South Florida. 

State Corrects Advisory On Who Should Self-Isolate For Coronavirus

Mar 9, 2020
Carl Juste/Miami Herald

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 Truth Has Changed / Courtesy

On this Monday, March 9, episode of Sundial:

Rep. Ted Deutch talks about COVID-19 response 

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ted Deutch held a roundtable on Monday morning at Nova Southeastern University to discuss the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19, prevention techniques and possible impacts on South Florida.

Deutch says one of the challenges is testing kits: “No one can identify the number of tests available in Florida,” says Deutch. “That’s the first order of business for me.”

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