Santa Rosa County man with presumptive case of coronavirus dies


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – (UPDATE 10:07 p.m.): The 70-year-old Santa Rosa County man who was diagnosed with a presumptive case of coronavirus has died.

A 70-year-old man who lives in Santa Rosa County has a presumptive case of coronavirus. He is the third presumptive case in the state. The man is being treated at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola.

Baptist Hospital released the following statement:

Baptist Health Care has been operating with heightened awareness for COVID-19 for several weeks. We are currently treating one patient who is presumed positive for COVID-19. We can confirm that this person is the individual from Santa Rosa County who Governor DeSantis reported earlier today but we are otherwise very limited on information we can share.We have anticipated that we would eventually receive patients with COVID-19. We are following all CDC guidelines and monitoring all updates. We are also working closely with our partners in the county and state health departments.
The safety of our patients, our visitors, team members and our community is our top priority. We have and will continue to practice all recommended procedures and protocols for ensuring their wellbeing.
We understand the community’s interest and concerns related to COVID-19 and will continue to provide updates as soon as they are available.


Eight Florida residents have now tested positive for coronavirus. Five of those residents are being quarantined outside of the state. In addition to the eight Floridians, there is a California woman being quarantined in the Tampa Bay area.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a third presumptive positive coronavirus case Thursday in a Florida resident who is currently in the state. The man is in his 70s and lives in Santa Rosa County. The governor says he is a foreign traveler and is too sick to answer questions.

The newest case is the first one outside of the Tampa Bay area. The first two cases, confirmed over the weekend, were a Hillsborough County woman in her 20s and a Manatee County man in his 60s.

DeSantis on Wednesday announced a Florida resident was self-isolating in the state of Washington after testing positive for the virus. The governor provided an update on Thursday to say a total of five Floridians are under quarantine in the state of Washington.

In addition to the eight Floridians who have been diagnosed, there is also a woman from California who is being quarantined in Hillsborough County. Health officials say she is the sister of the Hillsborough County woman who tested positive over the weekend.

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