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Hillsborough sees highest one-day increase in coronavirus cases since pandemic began

Hillsborough County saw a jump of 113 new cases on Monday, according to state health officials
Lunchtime customers dine outside of The Annex, Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Monday May 4, 2020. The business had been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lunchtime customers dine outside of The Annex, Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Monday May 4, 2020. The business had been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Published Jun. 8, 2020
Updated Jun. 8, 2020

TAMPA — The number of positive coronavirus cases continued to climb in Florida on Monday. Hillsborough County saw some of the biggest gains - including the largest one-day increase in patients since health officials began publicly tracking the virus March 1.

According to Monday’s 11 a.m. update from the Florida Department of Health, the number of positive coronavirus patients in Hillsborough County jumped from 2,748 on Sunday to 2,861 on Monday – an increase of 113 people over 24 hours.

It’s the third time over the past week that Hillsborough County has posted a record-breaking number of coronavirus patients in its daily count of positive test results. On Sunday, Hillsborough reported that 105 new test results had come back positive for coronavirus, which broke the previous record case load of 99 new patients from last Wednesday.

At the same time, state health officials reported another disturbing trend had re-emerged for the first time since early April, when the virus’ infection rate reached its peak in Florida. For five days, the number of Florida patients infected by the novel coronavirus increased by at least 1,000 or more every day.

But on Monday, that streak began to weaken. Statewide there were 966 new coronavirus infections since the same time Sunday morning. Along with the daily influx of patients, the report announced that 12 more died from the COVID-19 respiratory illness caused by the virus, bringing the death toll in Florida to 2,798.

What’s happening across the state?

The total number of positive cases in Florida has reached 64,904. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have grown to more than 11,000.

Worldwide, more than 7 million coronavirus cases have been reported this year, resulting in more than 403,000 deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. In the U.S., more than 1.9 million people have tested positive for the virus, and more than 110,000 have died from it.

In Florida, health officials attributed the rising numbers to increased testing throughout the state.

The state received 27,939 test results on Sunday, the report said. However, only 1,521 - roughly 5.4 percent - of those test results were positive for the virus.

Despite the steady increase, state health officials note that the percentage of tests that come back positive for COVID-19 is declining. For the past two weeks, that percentage has hovered between 4 percent and 8 percent.

Since the first cases of coronavirus were announced to the public March 1, the health department has tested more than 1.2 million people for the virus. Overall, the state reports that 5.3 percent have come back positive.

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

Morning updates typically show low numbers for the current day.

Is Florida’s coronavirus outbreak still growing?

What’s happening in Tampa Bay?

The seven counties that make up the Tampa Bay area reported an additional 236 new coronavirus cases on Monday - another record-setting number for daily totals. On Sunday, the Tampa Bay area reported 221 new cases, and on Friday reported 228 - the previous high for new coronavirus patients added to the roster per day.

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On Monday, Hillsborough County continued to lead the area in both the number of infected patients attributed to the virus. Monday’s increase of 113 new patients brought the county’s overall caseload to 2,861. Hillsborough County also saw one death related to the virus overnight, bringing the number of dead since the pandemic began to 94.

Pinellas County reported 54 new coronavirus cases since Sunday morning, followed by Manatee with 30 new cases, Polk with 28 new cases, Pasco with 10 new cases, Hernando with one and Citrus with no new coronavirus patients to report.

What are the latest numbers on coronavirus in Tampa Bay?

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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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