Florida's cases of COVID-19 top 525,000 in Saturday's report; 182 new deaths

The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 8,502 Saturday as the virus spreads and as more people are tested across the state. The total number of cases in Florida is now 526,577.

The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 8,109, an increase of 182 since Friday's update. In addition, a total of 129 non-Floridians have died in the state. Locally, Pinellas County reported 16 new deaths, Polk and Sarasota Counties each reported eight new deaths, Pasco County reported five, Hernando County reported four and Highlands County reported one new death.

Of the 526,577 cases, 520,846 are Florida residents while 5,731 are non-Florida residents currently in the state. 

Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:

Hillsborough: 32,268

Pinellas: 17,725


Manatee: 9,199

Sumter: 1,284

Polk: 14,124

Citrus: 1,514

Hernando: 1,975

Pasco: 6,982

Highlands: 1,396

DeSoto: 1,339

Hardee: 950

SOURCE: Florida Department of Health

The state is not reporting a total number of "recovered" coronavirus patients. As of Saturday, 6,836 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19; in total, 30,251 have been hospitalized for treatment at some point.

A total of 3,952,028 people have been tested in the state as of Saturday -- about 18.4% of the state's population -- according to the Florida Department of Health.

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

SOURCE: Florida Department of Health

Today's new case number represents the 67th 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 9.91% on Friday, 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: Florida Department of Health

PDF: DOH's full county-by-county COVID-19 case report

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. 

MAP: Florida coronavirus cases by county

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LINK: Florida's COVID-19 website

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