TAMPA, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 7,650 Thursday as the virus spreads and as more people are tested across the state. The total number of cases in Florida is now 510,389.
The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 7,747, an increase of 120 since Wednesday's update. In addition, a total of 124 non-Floridians have died in the state. Locall, Polk County reported six new deaths, Hernando and Highlands each reported four, Citrus and Pinellas each reported two, while Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota counties each reported one.
Of the 510,389 cases, 504,768 are Florida residents while 5,621 are non-Florida residents currently in the state.
Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:
- Hillsborough: 31,563
- Pinellas: 17,358
- Sarasota: 6,025
- Manatee: 9,050
- Sumter: 1,208
- Polk: 13,654
- Citrus: 1,429
- Hernando: 1,906
- Pasco: 6,802
- Highlands: 1,328
- DeSoto: 1,321
- Hardee: 890
Florida new resident cases in orange; new resident deaths in gray. Source: Fla. Dept. of Health.
The state is not reporting a total number of "recovered" coronavirus patients. As of Thursday, 7,385 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19; in total, 29,131 have been hospitalized for treatment at some point.
A total of 3,863,276 people have been tested in the state as of Thursday -- about 18% of the state's population -- according to the Florida Department of Health.
Source: Fla. Dept. of Health.
Today's new case number represents the 65th straight day with new cases near or over 1,000 per day. The rate of positive new tests has increased during that time period, but has begun to trend down slightly. It was at 8.34% on Tuesday, the most recent date available.
As the number of new cases has trended up over the last few weeks, the number of deaths has also reflected the same 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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