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Coronavirus cases growing by more than 1,000 a day as testing ramps up

The state also added 53 new deaths on Tuesday, an increase from the previous two days

For the past week, the number of new coronavirus cases reported each day across Florida has been nearly 1,000 or more. Tuesday continued the streak, with the state reporting 1,096 more cases.

The state also announced 53 new recorded deaths over a 24-hour-period, bringing the state’s death total to 2,851.

The numbers reported on Tuesdays are often larger than those reported during the weekend and on Monday. The number of new deaths reported Tuesday is more than double the combined deaths announced on Sunday and Monday but fewer than the recent high of 70 deaths reported last Tuesday.

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 statewide?

Florida has exactly 66,000 positive tests for coronavirus infections, according to the latest state data.

Florida health officials attributed the rising numbers to increased testing throughout the state. But the number of positive tests per 100,000 people is increasing, according to ProPublica, which has been tracking the effects of reopening the state on coronavirus cases across the country.

Besides south Florida, most of the state is in Phase 2 of reopening, which covers more high-contact spaces like bars and lets some retail facilities operate at full capacity.

Is Florida’s coronavirus outbreak still growing?

More than 1.2 million people across the state have been tested, with 5.3 percent of the tests coming back positive. The number of hospitalizations has increased, with 11,185 people admitted, according to state data.

Though most deaths are in people 65 and older, 77 percent of all hospitalizations are people 64 and younger.

Half of all deaths statewide can be tied to long-term care facilities, which have claimed 1,433 lives.

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.

What’s the picture in Tampa Bay?

Fifteen new deaths were recorded in Tampa Bay on Tuesday, along with 159 new cases of coronavirus.

Nearly half of the new deaths recorded in the region came from Manatee County, which had six. Pinellas recorded four new deaths, Hillsborough recorded two and Polk recorded three.

As of the latest counts, Hillsborough County has 2,923 cases and 96 deaths; Pinellas has 1,679 cases and 100 deaths; Manatee has 1,229 cases and 113 deaths; Polk has 1,243 cases and 70 deaths; Pasco has 442 cases and 16 deaths; Citrus has 128 cases and 12 deaths; and Hernando has 127 cases and six deaths.

Some of the state’s most deadly nursing home outbreaks have happened in the Tampa Bay area. Freedom Square in Seminole has 33 recorded deaths and The Bristol at Tampa Rehabilitation and Nursing Center recorded 25 deaths according to the state count, the second and third most deadly outbreaks in the state.

What are the latest numbers on coronavirus in Tampa Bay?

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