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Coronavirus deaths in Florida pass 2,000

As the state heads toward a full Phase 1 reopening, deaths hit a milestone.

Florida surpassed 2,000 coronavirus deaths on Saturday as officials and businesses prepare for the full Phase 1 reopening on Monday.

The deaths include state residents and non-residents. There have now been 2,040 people who died and 44,811 confirmed COVID-19 infections, according to state data.

Though parts of the state have allowed some businesses to reopen with limited capacity since the start of May, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that on Monday the state would move to “full Phase 1," including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The South Florida counties have been the hardest hit by coronavirus and have seen about 58 percent of the state’s coronavirus cases.

About 630,800 Floridians have been tested as of Saturday, which is about 3 percent of the population. Of those, 7.1 percent got positive test results.

Is Florida’s coronavirus outbreak still growing?

What’s the picture around Tampa Bay?

There are 46 new coronavirus cases in the Tampa Bay area, with the majority coming from Hillsborough County. Saturday also had eight new deaths in the region, with four in Hillsborough, two in Manatee, one in Pinellas and one in Polk County.

Together, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk County have 4,681 recorded infections and 272 deaths.

As of Saturday, Hillsborough has 1,585 cases and 54 deaths; Pinellas has 1,008 cases and 68 deaths; Manatee has 834 cases and 82 deaths; Polk has 722 cases and 41 deaths; Pasco has 314 cases and 10 deaths; Citrus has 110 cases and 11 deaths; and Hernando has 108 cases and six deaths.

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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