10,577 new Florida coronavirus cases reported Saturday; 71 new deaths

The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 10,577 Saturday. According to the state's daily update, the total number of cases in Florida is now 1,116,973.

The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 19,785, an increase of 71 since Friday's update. In addition, a total of 264 non-Floridians have died in the state. 

Locally, Hernando County is reporting four new deaths, Pinellas, Manatee and DeSoto Counties are each reporting two, while Citrus, Hillsborough, Polk and Highlands Counties are each reporting one new death. 

Of the 1,116,973 cases, 1,098,341 are Florida residents while 18,632 are non-Florida residents currently in the state. 

Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:

Hillsborough: 64,999

Pinellas: 37,387

Sarasota: 15,659

Manatee: 18,720

Sumter: 3,987

Polk: 30,967

Citrus: 5,469

Hernando: 5,895

Pasco: 17,578

Highlands: 4,261

DeSoto: 2,593

Hardee: 1,863

SOURCE: Florida Department of Health

The state is not reporting a total number of "recovered" coronavirus patients. As of Saturday, 4,499 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19; in total, 57,986 have been hospitalized for treatment at some point.

A total of 10,394,916 residents have been tested in the state as of Saturday -- over a third of the state's population -- according to the Florida Department of Health.

LINK: County-by-county Florida coronavirus cases and ZIP code map

SOURCE: Florida Department of Health

The number of new cases had generally been trending down in the fall, mirroring the number of tests being given. But it has begun to increase again. The 11,699 new cases reported Friday was the highest single-day increase since July.

The rate of positive new tests has declined from its summertime peak, remaining below 10% for several months, but it has also begun to increase again. It was at 7.91% on Friday, the most recent date available.

After peaking in July, the number of deaths also began a downward trend in August that continued through October -- though "significant delays" in data reporting, as the state says, make interpreting short-term trends from that statistic less reliable.

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​ SOURCE: Florida Department of Health ​

PDF: DOH's full county-by-county COVID-19 case report

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, and data can take days or weeks to validate. 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. 

MAP: Florida coronavirus cases by county

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