2,541 new Florida coronavirus cases reported Thursday; 177 new deaths

The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 2,541 Thursday. According to the state's daily update, the total number of cases in Florida is now 693,040.

The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 13,795, an increase of 177 since Wednesday's update. In addition, a total of 166 non-Floridians have died in the state. 

Locally, Hillsborough and Polk counties each reported six new deaths, Citrus reported five, Manatee reported four, Pinellas reported three, Hernando and Sarasota each reported two, while DeSoto, Highlands, and Pasco each reported one.

Of the 693,040 cases, 682,370 are Florida residents while 8,129 are non-Florida residents currently in the state. 

Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:

  • Hillsborough: 41,351
  • Pinellas: 21,765
  • Sarasota: 8,009
  • Manatee: 11,352
  • Sumter: 2,205
  • Polk: 19,551
  • Citrus: 2,702
  • Hernando: 3,084
  • Pasco: 9,040
  • Highlands: 2,121
  • DeSoto: 1,555
  • Hardee: 1,322

Florida new resident cases in orange; new resident deaths in gray. Note: Deaths usually appear to be trending down because of the delay in confirming the last few days of data. Source: Fla. Dept. of Health.

The state is not reporting a total number of "recovered" coronavirus patients. As of Thursday, 2,168 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19; in total, 43,128 have been hospitalized for treatment at some point.

A total of 5,165,815 residents have been tested in the state as of Thursday -- about 24% of the state's population -- according to the Florida Department of Health.

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

Source: Fla. Dept. of Health

Today's new case number represents the 114th straight day with new cases near or over 1,000 per day. The rate of positive new tests increased during that time period, but has begun to trend down, remaining below 10% for over 40 days. It was at 4.45% on Wednesday, the most recent date available.

The number of new cases has generally trended down over the last few weeks, mirroring the number of tests being given. 

After peaking in July, the number of deaths also began a downward trend in August that continued through September -- 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: Fla. Dept. 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. 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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