Florida coronavirus: Over 6,000 new cases, 58 deaths in latest report

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TAMPA (WFLA) — Florida health officials recorded more than 6,000 new cases of coronavirus Tuesday.

The 6,093 total new cases of COVID-19 in the state bring the state total to 152,434.

There were 58 new deaths reported Tuesday, bringing the state total to 3,505 since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 14,580 total hospitalizations — up 226 from Monday.

Testing increased slightly on Monday – the state received 43,446 results from labs compared to the 41,624 it received on Sunday. That’s still down from the spike in results we saw Wednesday through Saturday.

8 On Your Side has repeatedly heard from viewers who have struggled to get access to coronavirus tests throughout the bay area. It’s an issue we brought to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ attention when he visited Tampa last week. DeSantis told us capacity would be expanded at testing sites and that the state would help if needed.

The percent positivity for new cases — the number of people who tested positive for the first time divided by all the people tested that day — was 14.57% on Monday, up slightly from 13.67% on Sunday.

The total percent of positive cases on Monday was 16.82%. The state reported a total of 36,138 negative test results and 7,308 positive results.

The total percent positive includes people who have been tested multiple times for coronavirus, but a person is only counted once for each day their result is received by the state.

Florida’s Department of Health has also been tracking the median age of positive cases each day. The median age for Monday was 37 – the same as it was on Sunday.

But the state report released Tuesday shows Floridians in the 25 – 34 age range still account for the largest percentage of cases. A total of 30,248 people in that age group have tested positive, which is 20% of the state’s total. Of those cases, 875 people have been hospitalized and 20 have died.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown across Tampa Bay as of Tuesday:

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Total Cases: 10,752
Deaths: 138
Hospitalizations: 617

PINELLAS COUNTY

Total Cases: 6,487
Deaths: 166
Hospitalizations: 654

SARASOTA COUNTY

Total Cases: 1,482
Deaths: 97
Hospitalizations: 203

MANATEE COUNTY

Total Cases: 2,856
Deaths: 130
Hospitalizations: 264

PASCO COUNTY

Total Cases: 1,992
Deaths: 19
Hospitalizations: 138

POLK COUNTY

Total Cases: 3,836
Deaths: 98
Hospitalizations: 466

HERNANDO COUNTY

Total Cases: 373
Deaths: 5
Hospitalizations: 35

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

Total Cases: 350
Deaths: 11
Hospitalizations: 64

CITRUS COUNTY

Total Cases: 291
Deaths: 13
Hospitalizations: 38

HARDEE COUNTY

Total Cases: 430
Deaths: 3
Hospitalizations: 38

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

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