TAMPA, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 10,181 since yesterday morning as the virus spreads and as more people are tested across the state. The total number of cases in Florida is now 301,810.
The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 4,521, an increase of 112 since Tuesday's update. Another 105 non-Floridians have died in the state. Locally, Pinellas County reported 16 new deaths, Polk reported four, Hillsborough reported three, Pasco noted two, while Citrus and DeSoto each reported one.
Of the 301,810 cases, 297,876 are Florida residents while 3,934 are non-Florida residents currently in the state.
Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:
- Hillsborough: 21,018
- Pinellas: 12,080
- Sarasota: 3,447
- Manatee: 5,564
- Sumter: 721
- Polk: 8,206
- Citrus: 665
- Hernando: 987
- Pasco: 4,363
- Highlands: 627
- DeSoto: 997
- Hardee: 633
Florida resident cases in orange; Florida resident deaths in gray. Source: Fla. Dept. of Health.
The state is not reporting a total number of "recovered" coronavirus patients. As of Wednesday, 8,288 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19; in total, 19,334 have been hospitalized for treatment at some point.
A total of 2,739,169 people have been tested in the state as of Wednesday -- about 12.8% of the state's population -- according to the Florida Department of Health.
Source: Fla. Dept. of Health
Today's new case number represents the 43rd straight day with new cases near or over 1,000 per day. The rate of positive new tests has increased during that time period. It was at 13.59% 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 begun to reflect the same upward trend -- though "significant delays" in data reporting, as the state says, make interpreting short-term trends from that statistic less reliable.
Wednesday's newly reported deaths was among the largest single-day increases of the pandemic, one day after yesterday's record number of 132.
Source: Fla. Dept. of Health
Experts say the current spike is partly due to more tests being given, but also a result of reopening the state.
Gov. Ron DeSantis says the recent case increases are largely due to testing of "high-risk" individuals like farmworkers in the state's rural counties, prisoners, and residents of long-term care facilities, though he has more recently noted the "erosion" in social distancing, especially among the younger demographics in social setting. That prompted him to order all bars to cease serving alcohol.
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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