TAMPA, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 3,356 Thursday. According to the state's daily update, the total number of cases in Florida is now 744,988.
The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 15,736, an increase of 141 since Wednesday's update. In addition, a total of 196 non-Floridians have died in the state.
Locally, Hillsborough County reported 14 new deaths, Sarasota reported 10, Manatee and Polk each reported six, Pinellas reported four, Hernando and Pasco each reported two, while Sumter reported one.
Of the 744,988 cases, 735,685 are Florida residents while 9,303 are non-Florida residents currently in the state.
Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:
- Hillsborough: 44,811
- Pinellas: 23,623
- Sarasota: 8,841
- Manatee: 12,304
- Sumter: 2,716
- Polk: 21,456
- Citrus: 2,988
- Hernando: 3,359
- Pasco: 10,054
- Highlands: 2,406
- DeSoto: 1,609
- Hardee: 1,504
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, 2,122 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19; in total, 46,693 have been hospitalized for treatment at some point.
A total of 5,650,724 residents have been tested in the state as of Thursday -- about 26.3% of the state's population -- according to the Florida Department of Health.
Source: Fla. Dept. of Health
The number of new cases has generally trended down over the last few weeks, mirroring the number of tests being given. Gov. Ron DeSantis says that's good enough to move to Phase 3 of the reopening plan.
The rate of positive new tests has declined from its summertime peak, remaining below 10% for two months. It was at 5.20% on Wednesday, the most recent date available.
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.
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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