Coronavirus in Florida: More than 1,400 cases, Pinellas County reports first death

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Pinellas County reported its first coronavirus death on Tuesday as the number of cases in Florida surpassed 1,400.

According to the health department’s website, a total of 20 people have died from the virus in Florida, one of the most recent being a 67-year-old Pinellas County resident.

“This is the first COVID-19 death in our county,” the health department said in a statement. “We are expressing our condolences to the person’s family and we will continue to work with DOH and our community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

The Florida Department of Health has reported nearly 200 new cases on Tuesday. There are 1,467 cases in total, the seventh highest in the country. The health department said 1,379 of those cases involve Florida residents. More than 80 involved patients from out of state.

The state is currently monitoring 1,297 people with coronavirus risk factors.

According to the FDOH’s website, there are currently 224 cases of COVID-19 in the Tampa Bay area:

  • Hillsborough County: 91
  • Highlands County: 4
  • Pinellas County: 45
  • Manatee County 16
  • Sarasota County: 26
  • Pasco County: 15
  • 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 launched their drive-thru testing services last Wednesday, but later changed its hours and shut down several locations to preserve kits.

There are currently 53,268 confirmed cases in the United States and 395,647 in the world. Nearly 700 people have died of the virus in the United States. The global death toll stands at 18,614.

For more information on coronavirus in Florida, visit the live DOH Dashboard here.

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