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Florida’s coronavirus cases pass 50,000, new Tampa Bay deaths

The Tampa Bay area had five new deaths as the state announced more coronavirus cases

Coronavirus cases in Florida surpassed 50,000 on Saturday, nearly three months after the first case in the state was announced.

Deaths also increased by 44, making the state total 2,312. There were five new deaths in the Tampa Bay area.

On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced more rollbacks on coronavirus restrictions, saying he’d lift restrictions on youth activities like sports and camps.

However, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania predict possible spikes in Florida’s larger counties because of the looser restrictions and social distancing practices, particularly in southeast Florida.

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

Morning updates typically show low numbers for the current day.

What’s the latest in Tampa Bay?

On Saturday the state announced five new deaths in the Tampa Bay area, bringing the region’s total up to 324 deaths.

Two of the new deaths were in Hillsborough, two were in Pinellas and one was in Manatee County.

In the latest state data, Hillsborough has 1,823 cases and 75 deaths; Pinellas has 1,153 cases and 76 deaths; Manatee has 958 cases and 93 deaths; Polk has 853 cases and 49 deaths; Pasco has 341 cases and 13 deaths; Citrus has 119 cases and 12 deaths; and Hernando has 109 cases and 6 deaths.

Is Florida’s coronavirus outbreak still growing?

Nursing home deaths

In total, 1,072 Floridians in nursing homes have died from coronavirus, making up 46 percent of all of the state’s fatalities. There are 200 nursing home deaths in the Tampa Bay region, with the most out of Manatee County.

Experts and advocates agree that the best way to prevent deaths in nursing homes and additional coronavirus spread is to test all staffers and residents frequently. Still, DeSantis has stalled, saying Florida doesn’t have the resources available.

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