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After lull in coronavirus deaths, state adds 70 on Tuesday

Eleven new coronavirus deaths were reported in the Tampa Bay area on Tuesday.
A local St. Petersburg resident gets tested for COVID-19 testing during a free drive-up and walk-up testing site coordinated by the Florida Department of Health Pinellas County on Saturday May 2, 2020 at the Frank H Pierce Recreation Center at Bartlett Park.
A local St. Petersburg resident gets tested for COVID-19 testing during a free drive-up and walk-up testing site coordinated by the Florida Department of Health Pinellas County on Saturday May 2, 2020 at the Frank H Pierce Recreation Center at Bartlett Park. [ Boyzell Hosey ]
Published Jun. 2, 2020

After a two-day stretch where only nine new statewide coronavirus deaths were recorded, on Tuesday the state announced 70 new deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus.

Three months after the first coronavirus case was announced in Florida, 2,613 people have died in the pandemic. In Tampa Bay, there have been 367 deaths.

The state also announced 617 additional positive cases, bringing the state total of positive infections to 57,447, according to data from the Florida Department of Health.

That rising figure comes as people continue to protest in the streets of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and around the country over George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died at the hands of police last week. Some health experts and politicians fear that the large crowds will lead to a spike in the virus.

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

Morning updates typically show low numbers for the current day.

What’s the picture in the state?

For about a month, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been loosening restrictions on stay-at-home orders around the state. Over the weekend, he announced expanded testing available at some Home Depot and Publix locations.

Just over one million people in the state have been tested for the virus, with 5.5 percent of the tests coming back positive.

Is Florida’s coronavirus outbreak still growing?

What’s the picture in Tampa Bay?

On Tuesday, the state announced 11 new deaths in the Tampa Bay area. The bulk were in Pinellas County, which had seven new deaths. Pasco County also added two deaths, while Polk and Manatee counties both had one death.

Together, the counties that make up the greater Tampa Bay region — Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk — account for 6,381 cases, or 11 percent of the state’s coronavirus infections.

Hillsborough leads the area in positive cases, while Manatee leads in deaths.

As of the latest counts, Hillsborough had 2,285 cases and 84 deaths; Pinellas had 1,335 cases and 91 deaths; Manatee had 1,074 cases and 100 deaths; Polk had 1,053 cases and 58 deaths; Pasco had 394 cases and 16 deaths; Citrus had 122 cases and 12 deaths; and Hernando had 118 cases and six deaths.

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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