FLORIDA — Florida is now taking consumer complaints about companies marking up the prices of supplies needed in fighting COVID-19.
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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody opened the price gouging hotline so that consumers can report illegal price gouging on protective masks and sanitizing and disinfecting supplies, such as hand sanitizer, wipes and cleaning products.
The products were included as part of the Florida state of emergency Gov. DeSantis declared Monday.
If you have a complaint, call the price gouging hotline at 1-866-9NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226).
Broward Woman Becomes Latest Florida Case
A 69-year-old woman in Broward County is the latest to be tested positive for the COVID-19, according to the Florida Department of Health.
In a news release, the department said the woman is in isolation and will remain so until she is cleared by public health officials.
She is the third positive case connected with Port Everglades in Broward County. The department also noted that all three cases "are connected to or employed by Metro Cruise Services," a Port Everglades company.
This latest case brings the number positive coronavirus cases in the state to 15. As of Monday, officials announced that a 66-year-old woman from Volusia County tested positive for the COVID-19 and she recently traveled outside of the U.S.
This comes as a "do not disembark" order is placed on passengers aboard a cruise ship set to return to Port Everglades in South Florida on Wednesday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says two crewmembers on the Caribbean Princess have been isolated for possible coronavirus. However, neither crewmember is showing symptoms as of Tuesday morning.
Tests will be sent out to the ship as it gets closer to port.
Also on Monday, DeSantis declared a state of emergency and the Department of Health issued new guidelines to follow if people traveled recently.
Florida's Department of Health advises people to follow the new guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if they have traveled outside of the country recently. The department is recommending people self-isolate if they have been to China, Italy, Iran or South Korea.
If people have recently been on a cruise, the CDC also recommends that they monitor their health conditions and limit exposure to other people for at least 14 days.
Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran held a call with public school superintendents Tuesday. On the call, Corcoran recommended that any student field trips involving air travel be suspended through the remainder of the school year. Many school districts are following suit so far.
The City of Tampa announced on Tuesday every nursing home and assisted living facility will be visited over the next week to be provided with information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"It’s imperative that we ensure that the elderly in our community are kept informed and kept safe," said Mayor Jane Castor.
Tampa Fire Rescue, the Tampa Police Department and Code Enforcement are working together to conduct the visits at all 83 assisted living facilities and eight nursing homes.
Administration at each facility will be given information on how to keep residents and staff healthy. Visitors are being screened at the facilities for symptoms before they interact with residents.
Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden canceled campaign rallies just hours before their scheduled kickoffs Tuesday night. They cited public health concerns. Health experts have advised against holding large gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak. The campaigns said they'll evaluate future events on a case-by-case basis.