Nearly a full month after Gov. Ron DeSantis began steadily reopening Florida, positive coronavirus cases have surpassed 55,000 and hospitalizations have passed 10,000.
On Saturday, the Department of Health announced 927 new cases, making the state total 55,424. There were also 35 new deaths, with three in the Tampa Bay area.
What’s happening across the state?
As state and private labs across Florida test more people for coronavirus, the case numbers rise but the percentage of positive tests has steadily fallen. So far, about 996,000 in Florida have been tested, just short of 5 percent of the state population. Of the tests done, 5.6 percent have been positive.
How fast is the number of Florida COVID-19 cases growing?
Morning updates typically show low numbers for the current day.
About three months after Florida’s first reported coronavirus case, 2,530 in the state have died. On social media, a theory spread that the death number has been intentionally obfuscated by instead reporting it as pneumonia deaths — but experts warn that’s not a strong theory.
Of those deaths, 1,228 have been from long-term care facilities — 48 percent of the state’s fatalities. The bulk of long-term care facility deaths have come from Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties, but there have been deadly outbreaks in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee as well.
What’s the latest in Tampa Bay?
Three more people died in the Tampa Bay area, the state announced on Saturday. They were an 85-year-old man from Hillsborough, a 72-year-old man from Hillsborough and an 81-year-old woman from Manatee.
Hillsborough continues to have the highest number of cases in the region, and the fourth highest number of cases in the state, following the three south Florida counties where the outbreak has been most severe.
As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 2,129 cases and 84 deaths; Pinellas has 1,262 cases and 83 deaths; Manatee has 1,037 cases and 99 deaths; Polk has 1,005 cases and 55 deaths; Pasco has 381 cases and 14 deaths; Citrus has 121 cases and 12 deaths; and Hernando has 113 cases and six deaths.
What are the latest numbers on coronavirus in Tampa Bay?
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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