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Florida universities count more cases of COVID-19

The University of South Florida and the University of Florida announced new cases this week.
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19. Florida universities continue to announce new student and employee cases, with the University of Florida citing the most at 19. (CDC via AP, File) [AP]

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Two of Florida’s largest universities this week announced a collective seven additional cases of COVID-19, the disease brought on by the coronavirus.

The University of Florida shared news of five new cases Wednesday, including a student who had lived on campus until March 20, according to The Independent Florida Alligator. The school now has 19 total cases, including 16 students and three employees.

Also on Wednesday, the University of South Florida announced two new cases: A USF Tampa student who had been traveling abroad, and an employee in Innovative Education services.

The student, who has not been on campus this semester, is self-isolating in another state, according to the university. The employee has not been on campus since March 13 and is being monitored by health officials locally.

“Students and staff members who may have come into close contact with these individuals are being contacted separately with appropriate health guidance,” USF said.

The University of Central Florida, which has the largest student population of the state’s 12 public universities, has reported only one positive student COVID-19 case. The male student, according to the UCF website, has not been on campus since March 9 and is “recovering away from” the university.

“UCF has been in touch with the student’s roommates, classmates and faculty members and asked them to be especially mindful of their personal health,” the website reads.

A military contractor working at UCF’s Partnership IV Building in the Central Florida Research Park, which is adjacent to the school’s main campus, also tested positive for COVID-19, the university said. The person isn’t believed to have come into contact with any UCF employees.

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