SARASOTA, Fla. -- A Tampa Bay area hospital released the latest batch of test results of patients
All 14 patients tested negative for coronavirus, according to an announcement from Sarasota Memorial Health Care System on Thursday. Hospital officials say the patients arrived at the hospital with "unexplained respiratory illness" before taking the coronavirus test.
"Results were shared with the hospital late Wednesday to help with patient care and notification but are not considered official until confirmed by the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Prevention and Control," Sarasota Memorial Health said in a press release.
Results from the first batch of test samples were shared with the hospital late Wednesday night, according to Sarasota Memorial Health.
“We are happy to report that the results we have received to date have been negative, but there are many viruses circulating this time of year and many more tests that will be run. We have to remain vigilant and prepared for that to change,” said Sarasota Memorial Health CEO David Verinder in a press release.
As of Friday afternoon, three Florida residents and a California resident, who is being isolated in the Sunshine State, have tested positive for coronavirus in Florida.
Governor Ron DeSantis said Florida's risk level for coronavirus is still low.
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And if you develop mild symptoms, the World Health Organization recommends staying home.
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