Coronavirus in Florida: Nearly 300 new cases in state, Death toll rises to 23

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida health officials announced more than 300 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday evening.

The latest numbers from the Florida Health Department show 1,977 cases of COVID-19 in the state. That includes 1,867 cases in Florida residents and 110 cases in non-Florida residents.

As of Wednesday, the state’s death toll has risen to 23. The most recent death was a person who tested positive for COVID-19 in Citrus County and is the first COVID-19 death in Citrus County.

Of the 23 deaths, three people who tested positive in Pinellas, Sarasota and Pasco counties have recently died.

The Pasco County patient was a 71-year-old resident who passed away Tuesday, becoming the first COVID-19 death in the county.

“We are expressing our condolences to the person’s family and will continue to work with the Florida Department of Health and our community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Pasco County’s department of health said.

According to the FDOH’s website, there are currently 290 cases of COVID-19 in the Tampa Bay area:

  • Hillsborough County: 123
  • Highlands County: 5
  • Pinellas County: 54
  • Manatee County 26
  • Sarasota County: 32
  • Pasco County: 18
  • Hernando County: 8
  • Polk County: 15
  • Citrus County: 9

An additional 1,665 people are being monitored for coronavirus throughout the state.

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.

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

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