Florida reports 50 new COVID-19 deaths as cases top 35,000 in Saturday's update

The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 735 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 35,463.

The number of deaths has reached 1,364 an increase of 50 since Friday's update. 

Of the 35,463 cases, 34,555 are Florida residents while 908 are non-Florida residents currently in the state. 

Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:

Hillsborough: 1,240

Pinellas: 757

Sarasota: 372

Manatee: 607

Sumter: 221

Polk: 514

Citrus: 99

Hernando: 92

Pasco: 275

Highlands: 85

DeSoto: 31

Hardee: 29

The state is not reporting a total number of "recovered' coronavirus patients or those currently hospitalized. As of Saturday, 5,945 had been hospitalized for treatment at some point.

A total of 417,762 people have been tested in the state as of Friday -- about 1.7% of the population -- according to the Florida Department of Health.

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

SOURCE: Department of Health

After two peaks in early and mid-April, the state’s curve has generally flattened over the last two weeks. Since April 18, the state has averaged just under 750 new cases per day. That’s down to a level that the health care system can handle, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Florida will gradually lift coronavirus lockdowns in several phases over the next few weeks, the governor announced Wednesday, though parts of the state will reopen more slowly than others.

DeSantis said phase one of the plan to reopen would include wider testing, and he expected to find an increase in cases as more Floridians get tested. Friday's new cases represented the largest single-day increase since April 23.

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. The state's number of deaths represents permanent Florida residents who have died from COVID-19. The number of non-Florida residents who have died from the coronavirus while in the state is not reported.

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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