Over 3,800 new coronavirus cases in reported in Florida; yet another record increase
TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) -- The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 3,822 since yesterday morning as the virus spreads and as more people are tested across the state. The total number of cases in Florida is now 89,748.
The number of deaths has reached 3,104, an increase of 43 since Thursday's update. Locally, Hillsborough County reported four new deaths, Manatee reported two, while Pinellas and Polk each noted one.
Of the 89,748 cases, 87,673 are Florida residents while 2,105 are non-Florida residents currently in the state.
Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:
The state is not reporting a total number of "recovered" coronavirus patients or those currently hospitalized. As of Friday, 12,774 people had been hospitalized for treatment at some point.
A total of 1,533,876 people have been tested in the state as of Friday -- about 7.1% of the state's population -- according to the Florida Department of Health.
Friday's total new cases represented the largest single-day increase in new cases since the beginning of the pandemic, eclipsing yesterday's record. It was also the 17th day in a row with new cases near or over 1,000 per day. Experts say that is partly due to more tests being given, but also a result of reopening the state.
The rate of positive tests has increased during that time period.
Gov. Ron DeSantis says the recent case increases are largely due to testing of "high-risk" individuals like farmworkers in the state's rural counties, prisoners, and residents of long-term care facilities, though he separately noted that long-term-care cases were flat.
Prior to this spike, the state had averaged just over 700 new cases per day in the last 30 days. That was a level that the health care system could handle, according to Gov. DeSantis. And while the number of new cases has trended up over the last few weeks, the number of deaths has appeared to trend down, though "significant delays" in data reporting, as the state says, make interpreting short-term trends from that statistic less reliable.
As Florida continues taking steps to ease restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, health experts say new cases and more deaths are expected.
Editor's note: The number of new cases and deaths reported each day does not necessarily reflect the day that the case was confirmed. The state says some private testing labs dump large batches of test results which include cases from previous days. Stats for today and previous days will likely change in the future as the state reviews more cases and updates retroactive data.
The state's number of deaths represents permanent Florida residents who have died from COVID-19. The number of non-Florida residents who have died from the coronavirus while in the state is not reported.