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Florida adds nearly 700 new coronavirus cases, 19 more deaths

The statewide death toll now stands at 1,094, according to the health department.

Florida tallied 19 more coronavirus-related deaths between Saturday morning and Sunday morning. Two of those were in the greater Tampa Bay region, both in Citrus County, where 11 people have now died. The state also added 689 positive cases, bringing its total to 31,528.

The new deaths bring the statewide toll to 1,094, including 20 non-Florida residents, according to data from the Florida Department of Health.

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In Tampa Bay, Pinellas County added 10 new cases, up to 687. Hillsborough County added seven cases, totaling to 1,048. Pasco and Hernando counties each had one case rescinded, dropping their totals to 232 and 88, respectively.

Manatee County still has the most deaths in the region, holding steady at 43. Its caseload increased by 11, up to 508 positive cases. Citrus County added two positive cases, bringing it to 97, and Polk County added 10, bringing it to 410.

Hospitalizations due to the virus have risen to 5,155 people, including 198 non-Florida residents, according to state data.

The number of reported cases does not reflect the true amount of people who have contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Limited testing and delays persist. So far, 9.1 percent of all people who are tested come back as positive.

Of the nearly 20,000 test results that became available Saturday, 6 percent of them were positive, state data shows. That continues a downward trend from earlier this month, when as many as 13 percent of the tests finished on a given day were positive.

Death tolls at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities continue to rise, with residents of those facilities accounting for more than 28 percent of the state’s deaths, according to the data.

Forty people have died at those facilities in the Tampa Bay area, accounting for more than 31 percent of the region’s confirmed coronavirus-related deaths. They include 18 in Manatee County and 10 in Pinellas County, both of which have seen outbreaks at nursing homes.

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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