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Florida coronavirus cases pass 40,000

The state recorded 802 new cases over a 24-hour period as testing continues
Emergency personnel prepare to transport a patient by ambulance from the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 7800 Liberty Lane, on April 17.
Emergency personnel prepare to transport a patient by ambulance from the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 7800 Liberty Lane, on April 17. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published May 9, 2020
Updated May 9, 2020

Recorded coronavirus cases in Florida hit 40,000 Saturday, a number that came as most of the state had its first weekend of businesses slowly reopening.

There were 802 new cases announced over the 24-hour period.

Over 24 hours, the state also recorded 47 new deaths. Last week was the deadliest, with an average of 57 new recorded fatalities a day since May 1.

Removing a day when the state reported more than 100 deaths, many of them backlogged from weeks ago, still gives Florida an average of 48 deaths a day.

Is Florida’s coronavirus outbreak still growing?

What’s the picture in Tampa Bay?

Four new deaths were recorded in the Tampa Bay region, two in Manatee County and two in Polk County.

Manatee County, despite being smaller than other counties in the area, leads the region in deaths largely tied to a nursing home coronavirus outbreak.

Pinellas has also seen deadly nursing home outbreaks. A nursing home in Seminole has recorded two dozen deaths, making it one of the most fatal long-term care outbreaks in the state.

As of Saturday, the region has 235 total deaths.

Hillsborough has 1,400 cases and 40 deaths; Pinellas has 848 cases and 60 deaths; Manatee has 756 cases and 75 deaths; Polk has 623 cases and 33 deaths; Pasco has 293 cases and 10 deaths; Citrus has 104 cases and 11 deaths; and Hernando has 98 cases and six deaths.

More testing is being done in Tampa Bay, with three no-cost, walk-up sites opening over the week in Pinellas County and a fourth opening on Monday. The testing centers had a rocky start, with long wait times and miscommunication about when people would get their test results back.

What’s the picture statewide?

At the latest count, the state has 40,001 recorded coronavirus cases. There have been 7,093 hospitalizations.

About 530,000 Floridians have been tested. Of those tested, 7.5 percent are positive for the coronavirus.

Cases and deaths have remained flat for the past week.

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.

How are nursing homes?

Statewide, 698 deaths are tied to long-term care facilities. A bulk of the deaths are in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the areas of the state that have been hit hardest.

Manatee and Pinellas have the fourth and fifth most coronavirus deaths tied to nursing homes, respectively. Manatee has had 46 deaths in nursing homes and Pinellas has had 41.

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