6,276 new Florida coronavirus cases reported Saturday; 79 new deaths

The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 6,276 Saturday. According to the state's daily update, the total number of cases in Florida is now 985,297.

The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 18,442, an increase of 79 since Friday's update. In addition, a total of 235 non-Floridians have died in the state. 

Locally, Pinellas County is reporting 10 new deaths, Hillsborough and Manatee Counties are each reporting three new deaths and Polk County is reporting two new deaths. 

Of the 985,297 cases, 969,813 are Florida residents while 15,484 are non-Florida residents currently in the state. 

Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:

Hillsborough: 57,728

Pinellas: 32,630

Sarasota: 13,453

Manatee: 16,570

Sumter: 3,428

Polk: 27,300

Citrus: 4,700

Hernando: 4,929

Pasco: 14,619

Highlands: 3,713

DeSoto: 2,359

Hardee: 1,760

SOURCE: Florida Department of Health

The state is not reporting a total number of "recovered" coronavirus patients. As of Saturday, 3,908 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19; in total, 54,591 have been hospitalized for treatment at some point.

A total of 8,764,457 residents have been tested in the state as of Saturday -- just over a third of the state's population -- according to the Florida Department of Health.

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

SOURCE: Florida 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 10,105 new cases reported last Sunday was the highest since July 25.

The rate of positive new tests has declined from its summertime peak, remaining below 10% for several months, but it has also begun to increase again. It was at 7.14% on Friday, the most recent date available.

After peaking in July, the number of deaths also began a downward trend in August that continued through October -- 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: Florida Department 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, and data can take days or weeks to validate. 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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