Florida passes 25,000 as COVID-19 cases continue to climb

The state added 26 new deaths from Friday evening, with three new deaths in Manatee County.
Saturday's overview of Florida's status with COVID-19.
Saturday's overview of Florida's status with COVID-19. [ State of Florida ]
Published April 18, 2020|Updated April 18, 2020

Florida hurdled over the 25,000 mark of COVID-19 cases early Saturday and added 15 new deaths to the state’s tally, furthering the steady rise in the virus’ toll.

As of Saturday evening, 25,492 had tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — about 700 more cases compared to the same time on Friday. Over that same span, Florida added 26 new fatalities, bringing the total to 765, which includes 17 non Florida residents who died in state. Hernando County and Hillsborough County both had one additional death, and Manatee County had three.

The newly infected included 10 Department of Juvenile staffers at facilities in South Florida and four youths at a Miami facility. The staff who tested positive included one at Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center; one at Palm Beach Regional; one at Miami-Dade Regional; and four at Broward Regional. All four infected youths resided at the Miami Youth Academy. Officials said parents and guardians have been notified. Personnel who tested positive for the illness won’t be allowed to return until cleared by medical professional.

Numbers also continued to rise at the Seminole nursing home where dozens of patients and employees have tested positive for the virus. Freedom Square of Seminole announced Saturday that 13 additional employees and three more patients had tested positive for the virus. So far, three patients have died.

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