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Florida Governor: Miami Super Bowl Week Fueled State's Coronavirus Outbreak

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said in a news conference earlier in the week that he believes COVID-19, was circulating in the state of Florida during this year’s Super Bowl game, which was held in South Florida between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Super Bowl LIV was held Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, but it wasn’t until about one month later, on March 1, that the governor announced Florida’s first positive cases of COVID-19. Here is what he had to say about it via ClickOrlando:

“The governor said Tuesday that he believes there were already cases of the virus present in the Sunshine State but that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s criteria for testing at that time would not have allowed Floridians to be tested unless they had recently visited certain areas of China, where the virus was first reported last year.
Since testing has become more readily available in Florida, thousands of cases have been reported in the Sunshine State, with the majority of them in southeast Florida.”

More than 200,000 people visited Miami during Super Bowl weekend. The first Florida case of COVID-19 didn’t emerge until roughly a month after the Super Bowl.