Florida coronavirus cases near 18,000 after increase of 1,142; 419 total deaths

The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state has risen by 1,142 since Thursday 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 17,968.

The number of deaths has reached 419, an increase of 48 in the last 24 hours. Locally, Citrus and Hillsborough counties each reported three new deaths while Manatee, Pinellas, and Sumter reported two more deaths each. Polk County noted an additional death Friday morning.

Of the 17,968 cases, 17,448 are Florida residents while 520 are non-Florida residents currently in the state.

Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:

Hillsborough: 676

Pinellas: 431

Sarasota: 211

Manatee: 200

Sumter: 107

Polk: 241

Citrus: 64

Hernando: 64

Pasco: 143

Highlands: 47

DeSoto: 20

Hardee: 3

The state is not reporting a total number of "recovered' coronavirus patients or those currently hospitalized. As of Friday, 2,496 had been hospitalized for treatment at some point.

A total of 165,686 people have been tested in the state as of Friday evening, according to the Florida Department of Health.

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

Coronavirus cases have now been reported in all but one Florida county. Despite that, experts are cautiously optimistic about an apparent downward trend in Florida's COVID-19 curve. 

"We are still going up," a USF Health professor advised. "[But] we are going up at a slower rate."

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 covid-19@flhealth.gov. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINK: Florida's COVID-19 website

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