TAMPA, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 2,673 Tuesday as the virus spreads and as more people are tested across the state. The total number of cases in Florida is now 605,502.
The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 10,580, an increase of 183 since Monday's update. In addition, a total of 137 non-Floridians have died in the state. Locally, Pinellas County reported 18 new deaths, Pasco reported 14, Polk reported 12, Hernando reported seven, Sarasota reported six, Hillsborough and Highlands each reported four, Manatee and Citrus each reported two, while Hardee reported one.
Of the 605,502 cases, 599,176 are Florida residents while 6,326 are non-Florida residents currently in the state.
Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:
- Hillsborough: 35,953
- Pinellas: 19,522
- Sarasota: 7,042
- Manatee: 10,241
- Sumter: 1,724
- Polk: 16,388
- Citrus: 1,980
- Hernando: 2,476
- Pasco: 7,807
- Highlands: 1,747
- DeSoto: 1,454
- Hardee: 1,066
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 Tuesday, 4,595 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19; in total, 37,038 have been hospitalized for treatment at some point.
A total of 4,454,485 residents have been tested in the state as of Tuesday -- about 20.7% of the state's population -- according to the Florida Department of Health.
Source: Fla. Dept. of Health.
Today's new case number represents the 84th 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 nearly two weeks. It was at 7.49% on Monday, 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. The number of deaths has been on an upward trend -- though "significant delays" in data reporting, as the state says, make interpreting short-term trends from that statistic less reliable.
Source: Fla. Dept. of Health.
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.
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