UPDATE: Pasco health officials retract coronavirus death, blame state error

Earlier Friday, the state reported that a Pasco County man with the disease died. But Pasco health officials say that was a mistake.
FILE - This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
FILE - This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). [ AP ]
Published March 20, 2020|Updated March 21, 2020

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A report that a Pasco County man died after being infected with coronavirus is incorrect, according to the Pasco County Department of Health.

Health officials sent a statement via the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Twitter account at 8:43 p.m. to explain that no Pasco patient has died and that the mistake was the result of a state data error.

“There was an error in data input for the Florida Department of Health reporting system in Pasco County which has been corrected," officials said. "Currently there are no deaths related to COVID-19 in Pasco County. We apologize for the error and will continue to keep you informed.”

That would seemingly bring the number of Floridians who have died with coronavirus back down to 10, but the state’s online dashboard still read 11 at 9 p.m. The Florida Department of Health sent out a statement at 9:58 p.m. correcting the error.

Pasco County has reported seven cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Elsewhere in Tampa Bay, Hillsborough has 32 cases and Pinellas 22. Hernando has four.

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