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Coronavirus in Florida: More than 1,200 cases, 17 deaths


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Coronavirus cases in Florida nearly doubled over the weekend, with the health department reporting hundreds of new cases across the state.

There are now a total of 1,227 confirmed cases in Florida, 1,147 involving residents and 80 involving patients from out of state.

Seventeen people have died from the virus in Florida. An earlier release by the Florida Department of Health originally had the number of deaths in Florida at 18.

Three people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Clay, Duval and Palm Beach counties.

The health department is currently monitoring 1,237 people with coronavirus risk factors.

According to the FDOH’s website, there are currently 195 cases of COVID-19 in the Tampa Bay area.

  • Hillsborough County: 75
  • Highlands County: 2
  • Pinellas County: 41
  • Manatee County 15
  • Sarasota County: 21
  • Pasco County: 14
  • Hernando County: 5
  • Polk County: 13
  • Citrus County: 9

The department said last week that it was able to test more people for the virus after partnering with laboratories around the state.

BayCare Health System has several new drive-thru locations throughout Tampa Bay where people can get tested for the virus.

There are currently 378,679 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world. The global death toll is 16,508

For more information on coronavirus in Florida, visit the health department’s COVID-19 webpage or the live DOH Dashboard here.


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