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TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 651 since yesterday morning as the virus spreads and as more people are tested across the state. The total number of cases in Florida is now 52,285.
The number of deaths has reached 2,364, an increase of 45 since Wednesday’s update. Locally, Hillsborough reported four new deaths, Manatee noted two more, while Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota each reported one.
Of the 53,285 cases, 51,283 are Florida residents while 1,367 are non-Florida residents currently in the state.
Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:
Sumter: 253 (decrease of 1)
The state is not reporting a total number of “recovered” coronavirus patients or those currently hospitalized. As of Thursday, 9,795 people had been hospitalized for treatment at some point.
A total of 953,321 people have been tested in the state as of Thursday — about 4.4% of the state’s population — according to the Florida Department of Health.
Florida resident cases in orange; Florida resident deaths in gray. Source: Fla. Dept. of Health.
After two peaks in early and mid-April, the state’s curve has generally flattened over the last few weeks. In the last 30 days, the state has averaged just under 700 new cases per day. That’s down to a level that the health care system can handle, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis.
As Florida continues taking steps to ease restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, health experts say new cases and more deaths are expected.
Editor’s note: The number of new cases and deaths reported each day does not necessarily reflect the day that the case was confirmed. The state says some private testing labs dump large batches of test results which include cases from previous days. Stats for today and previous days will likely change in the future as the state reviews more cases and updates retroactive data.
The state’s number of deaths represents permanent Florida residents who have died from COVID-19. The number of non-Florida residents who have died from the coronavirus while in the state is not reported.
If you feel sick:
The Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions around the clock. Questions may also be emailed to [email protected]. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.
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