TAMPA, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 4,198 Thursday. According to the state's daily update, the total number of cases in Florida is now 794,624.
The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 16,648, an increase of 77 since Wednesday's update. In addition, a total of 206 non-Floridians have died in the state.
Locally, Hillsborough County reported 16 new deaths, Pasco reported five, Citrus and Hernando each reported three, Sarasota reported two, while Pinellas reported one.
Of the 794,624 cases, 784,331 are Florida residents while 10,293 are non-Florida residents currently in the state.
Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:
- Hillsborough: 47,800
- Pinellas: 25,674
- Sarasota: 9,657
- Manatee: 13,258
- Sumter: 2,891
- Polk: 22,960
- Citrus: 3,224
- Hernando: 3,715
- Pasco: 10,826
- Highlands: 2,652
- DeSoto: 1,670
- Hardee: 1,596
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, 2,336 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19; in total, 49,011 have been hospitalized for treatment at some point.
A total of 6,152,765 residents have been tested in the state as of Thursday -- about 28.6% of the state's population -- according to the Florida Department of Health.
Source: Fla. Department of Health
The number of new cases had generally been trending down in September, mirroring the number of tests being given. But it has begun to increase again. The 5,557 new cases reported last Thursday was the highest since August 15.
The rate of positive new tests has declined from its summertime peak, remaining below 10% for two months. It was at 4.90% 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.
The state announced last week that it was taking a closer look at those delays and how deaths are tallied, even as Florida moved past New Jersey with the fourth-highest number of deaths in the country.
Source: Fla. Department 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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