TAMPA, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state has risen by 1,128 since Wednesday evening's update as the virus spreads and as more people get tested across the state. The total number of cases in Florida is now 16,826.
The number of deaths has reached 371, an increase of 48 since yesterday. That includes two new deaths in Sarasota County and one each in Citrus, Manatee and Polk.
Of the 16,826 cases, 16,323 are Florida residents while 503 are non-Florida residents currently in the state.
Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:
The state is not reporting a total number of "recovered' coronavirus patients or those currently hospitalized. As of Thursday, 2,298 had been hospitalized for treatment at some point.
A total of 156,852 people have been tested in the state as of Thursday evening, according to the Florida Department of Health.
In the Bay Area, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee, Highlands, and Polk counties all reported a new death yesterday, while Citrus County reported three new deaths.
Meanwhile, two new sets of rapid coronavirus tests are expected to arrive in the Bay Area over the next few days. Starting Thursday, BayCare will begin administering the Abbott Labs ID Now test. AdventHealth is using the Cepheid Xpert Xpress test, starting with hospitals in Tampa, Ocala and Sebring.
If you feel sick:
The Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions around the clock. Questions may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.
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