Florida nears 20,000 coronavirus cases, including more in Tampa Bay

Florida nears 20,000 coronavirus cases, including more in Tampa Bay

The number of positive coronavirus cases in the Florida increased by more than 350 overnight, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. New cases were reported in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties from Saturday to Sunday. That includes two new deaths in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Pinellas County now has 451 cases and 13 deaths. Hillsborough has 740 cases and 15 deaths. Pasco has 155 cases and three deaths. About 11 percent of the more than 183,000 coronavirus tests in the state have come back positive. On Saturday night, the health department’s data dashboard showed 458 statewide deaths. It was later revised to say there were only 446. It also showed there were 16 deaths in Hillsborough County, but as of Sunday morning the state is reporting 15 deaths. The state’s death count also excludes non-Florida residents, like snowbirds and visitors. Adding in those positive cases would raise the death toll by at least 40 people. And the number of pending tests doesn’t account for those coming from private labs , which make up 90 percent of coronavirus testing. How fast is the number of Florida COVID-19 cases growing? Morning updates typically show low numbers for the current day. • • • GET THE DAYSTARTER MORNING UPDATE: Sign up to receive the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Tampa Bay, six days a week CONTRIBUTE TO THE SCRAPBOOK: Help us tell the story of life under coronavirus LISTEN TO THE CORONAVIRUS PODCAST: New episodes every week, including interviews with experts and reporters We’re working hard to bring you the latest news on the coronavirus in Florida. This effort takes a lot of resources to gather and update. If you haven’t already subscribed, please consider buying a print or digital subscription.

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