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Tests show ‘initial community spread’ of COVID-19 in The Villages

The results of coronavirus testing at the polo grounds in The Villages last week show initial community spread of the virus.

The daily number of positives tests increased as the week progressed.

The University of Florida reported on the drive-through testing program after the first week:

  • UF Health and The Villages Health evaluated 2,280 people.
  • Of 900 tested with symptoms, 23 tested positive for coronavirus, 15 on Thursday and Friday.
  • Among about 1,400 who indicated no symptoms, two tested on Friday do have the virus and were soon showing symptoms. Gov. Ron DeSantis reported 900 asymptomatic tests with zero positives, but the UF numbers are more complete.

“These results show evidence of initial community spread; however, it does not appear to be widespread, at least so far,” Dr. Michael Lauzardo, M.D., deputy director of the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, said in a prepared statement. “We are continuing to closely monitor the situation.”

He urges residents to use social distancing. Anyone 65 or older is advised to stay home to avoid transmission of the virus.

As of Monday morning, the state had tallied 40 COVID-19 cases in The Villages.

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