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More deaths in the Tampa Bay area as state COVID-19 cases increase

Florida is one of the states with the most coronavirus cases and deaths
Residents are transported Monday from St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor after cases of coronavirus were detected at the adult care center. As many as seven residents were expected to be moved to a hospital.
Residents are transported Monday from St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor after cases of coronavirus were detected at the adult care center. As many as seven residents were expected to be moved to a hospital. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Apr. 25, 2020
Updated Apr. 26, 2020

Out of 44 deaths reported over a 24-hour period starting Friday morning, four were in the Tampa Bay area, according to state Department of Health data.

The number of positive coronavirus cases in the state also increased by 665 from Friday morning. The total as of Saturday morning is 30,839 positive cases.

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

Morning updates typically show low numbers for the current day.

The new reported deaths included one in Pinellas County, one in Pasco County and two in Manatee County. Manatee has the highest number of deaths in the region.

Based on state data, 27 percent of all deaths in Florida have happened at nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. In Tampa Bay, it’s at least 33 percent.

Florida is one of 10 states in the nation with the most reported coronavirus cases, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University. It is also one of 10 states with more than 1,000 deaths. The current death total in the state is 1,075.

The number of reported cases does not reflect the true amount of people who have coronavirus. Limited testing and delays persist. So far, 9.2 percent of all people who are tested come back as positive.

Florida coronavirus cases by age group

Doctors say older people are at a greater risk to developing severe symptoms from COVID-19, which makes Florida especially vulnerable.

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