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Florida nears 20,000 coronavirus cases, including more in Tampa Bay

At least 474 people have died from COVID-19 in the state.
Healthcare workers test residents as dozens of vehicles lined up at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Raymond James Stadium site on Wednesday, March 25, 2020  in Tampa.  Residents that wished to be tested had to be approved and registered online before arriving at the site.
Healthcare workers test residents as dozens of vehicles lined up at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Raymond James Stadium site on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Tampa. Residents that wished to be tested had to be approved and registered online before arriving at the site. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Apr. 12, 2020|Updated Apr. 12, 2020

The number of positive coronavirus cases in Florida increased by 932 in 24 hours, according to data from the Florida Department of Health published Sunday.

New cases were reported in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties from Saturday to Sunday. Pinellas County now has 456 cases and 14 deaths. Pasco County has 160 cases and three deaths. Hillsborough has 759 cases and 17 deaths, including one marked “non-FL resident." Statewide, there are 19,918 COVID-19 cases and 474 people have died of the virus.

A Pasco County Fire Rescue employee also tested positive for the virus, which is the first positive case reported within the county government, according to a news release.

The Pasco fire rescue employee started experiencing symptoms on April 4 and was sent home from work, according to county officials. The six employees who worked alongside the positive person were sent home with paid leave to quarantine. They will return to work after a confirmatory negative COVID-19 test result or at the end of the mandatory 14-day quarantine, whichever comes first.

About 11 percent of the more than 183,000 coronavirus tests in the state have come back positive. The number of pending tests doesn’t account for those coming from private labs, which make up 90 percent of coronavirus testing.

The state’s death count also excludes non-Florida residents, like snowbirds and visitors. Adding in those positive cases could raise the death toll.

How fast is the number of Florida COVID-19 cases growing?

Morning updates typically show low numbers for the current day.

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