Florida now has more than 100 coronavirus cases; residents have begun hoarding essentials

In Miami, the toilet paper shelves are nearly empty in a store as people stock up. Stores around the country have seen a run on essentials as people react to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Coronavirus cases in Florida have doubled to more than 100 in just two days, with infections rising more rapidly in South Florida, particularly in Broward County.

As of early Sunday, The Florida Department of Health reported three dozen more Floridians who tested positive for coronavirus, which has caused four Florida resident deaths.

Three more non-Florida residents cases were reported as well.

Two days ago on Friday, there were 50 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus that can be fatal and has expanded across the globe.

The pandemic has led to cancellations of mass gatherings, school closures and restricted visitation to homes for the elderly.

Residents have begun hoarding supplies and canned food, even in counties, such as Leon, in the state capital, where there have been no confirmed cases, at least so far.

Sunday, a Tallahassee Publix showed signs of residents stocking up for an emergency. Shelves reflected thin or zero stocks of staples and essentials such as eggs, rice, pasta, canned goods, frozen vegetables and paper goods, especially toilet paper.

South Florida appears to be the center of the outbreak — with 36 coronavirus cases in Broward and 13 in Miami-Dade, making up about half of all cases in Florida counties, according to the latest data from the department on Sunday.

The dominant number of South Florida cases raises questions about whether state government resources should heavily focus on that region, and if counties that have no cases at all should, for example, not close schools.

In all, 23 counties — about a third of Florida’s 67 counties — have at least one Florida resident case of COVID-19. Two new counties were just added to the cases list — Citrus on the north Suncoast and St. Johns on the Atlantic side.

In addition to Broward and Miami-Dade:

Counties with one case are: Alachua, Charlotte, Citrus, Nassau, Okaloosa, Osceola, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole and St. Johns.

Counties with two cases are: Orange, Pasco, Pinellas.

Counties with three cases are: Clay

Counties with four cases are: Duval, Hillsborough, Manatee.

Counties with five cases are: Collier, Lee, Palm Beach, Volusia.

The new group of cases reported early Sunday have fewer travel-related cases than before, the data shows, but overall, about half the 100 or so cases are travel-related. Some cases are still under investigation.

The newly reported cases also include young people  — including a 17-year-old from Cuba who tested positive in Hillsborough County, and several 19-year-olds. And some cases are connected to domestic travel in addition to international travel.

As of Sunday morning, the Florida Department of Health data reported these positive COVID-19 cases:

/4 deaths;

/106 Florida resident cases;

/7 Florida resident cases diagnosed and isolated outside of Florida;

/9 non-Florida residents.

Here are details of the new Florida-resident cases released by the state health department Sunday morning:

  • A 55-year-old female in Clay County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 72-year-old female in Lee County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 60-year-old female in Citrus County has tested positive for COVID-10.
  • A male in Duval County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 64-year-old female in St. Johns County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 71-year-old male in Volusia County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 48-year-old female in Orange County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 70-year-old male in Clay County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A male in Duval County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 47-year-old male in Hillsborough County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a domestic travel related case.
  • A 67-year-old male in Pasco County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a domestic travel related case.
  • A 32-year-old female in Hillsborough County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a domestic travel related case.
  • A male in Duval County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 28-year-old male in Miami-Dade County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 58-year-old female in Miami-Dade County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a travel related case.
  • A 25-year-old female in Miami-Dade County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a travel related case.
  • A 62-year-old male in Miami-Dade County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 74-year-old male in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 48-year-old female in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a travel related case.
  • A 19-year-old female in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a travel related case.
  • A 19-year-old female in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a travel related case.
  • A 65-year-old male in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 20-year-old female in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a travel related case.
  • A 42-year-old male in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 52-year-old male in Miami-Dade County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 63-year-old female in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 19-year-old female in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a travel related case.
  • A 30-year-old male in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 60-year-old male in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 20-year-old female in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a travel related case.
  • A 19-year-old female in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 66-year-old male in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 83-year-old male in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 20-year-old female in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a travel related case.
  • A 76-year-old male in Collier County has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A 28-year-old male in Collier County has tested positive for COVID-19.  This is a travel related case.

Non-resident cases:

  • A 79-year-old female from Connecticut has tested positive for COVID-19 in Baker County. This individual is isolated. An epidemiological investigation is ongoing.
  • A 17-year-old male from Cuba has tested positive in Hillsborough County. This individual is isolated. The epidemiological investigation is ongoing.
  • A 65-year-old female from New York has tested positive for COVID-19 in Alachua County. This individual is isolated. The epidemiological investigation is ongoing.