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Three Metro Cruise workers at Port Everglades have coronavirus

Florida public health officials informed Metro Cruise Services that three of its part-time employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Worked at Port Everglades cruise terminals

These employees worked at various cruise terminals in Port Everglades, providing embarkation services.

'We were unaware that any of our part-time employees were sick until we were notified by the authorities,' Metro Cruise Services President Anthony Newman said Tuesday. 'We then immediately notified all of our Port Everglades employees that one of their associates had tested positive and advised them that, if they have any symptoms, they should seek medical assistance and not report to work.'

Metro Cruise Services added it is assisting the relevant governmental agencies with their inquiries.

Florida declares state of emergency

The news followed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' declaration of a state of emergency on Monday. This allows officials to mobilize resources to fight coronavirus more effectively.

Broward County's Emergency Operations Center moved to a Level 2 activation Tuesday, initiating emergency response activities that help support partners including Port Everglades.

The county also formed a business team to address issues related to the port, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and other high impact business areas.

Normal business operations are being maintained.

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