TAMPA, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 5,557 Thursday. According to the state's daily update, the total number of cases in Florida is now 768,091.
The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 16,267, an increase of 57 since Wednesday's update. In addition, a total of 203 non-Floridians have died in the state.
Locally, Pinellas County reported seven new deaths, Highlands reported six, Hernando reported three, Hardee reported two, while Manatee and Sarasota each reported one.
Of the 768,091 cases, 758,306 are Florida residents while 9,785 are non-Florida residents currently in the state.
Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:
- Hillsborough: 46,300
- Pinellas: 24,650
- Sarasota: 9,235
- Manatee: 12,761
- Sumter: 2,802
- Polk: 22,256
- Citrus: 3,091
- Hernando: 3,531
- Pasco: 10,406
- Highlands: 2,499
- DeSoto: 1,641
- Hardee: 1,558
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, 2,073 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19; in total, 47,765 have been hospitalized for treatment at some point.
A total of 5,829,220 residents have been tested in the state as of Thursday -- about 27.1% of the state's population -- according to the Florida Department of Health.
Source: Fla. Dept. of Health
The number of new cases had generally been trending down in September, mirroring the number of tests being given. But it has begin to increase again. The 5,557 new cases reported 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 5.62% 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 this week that it was taking a closer look at those delays and how deaths are tallied.
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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