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Florida coronavirus: State surpasses 350k cases, percent positivity drops under 12%

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TAMPA (WFLA) — The Florida Dept. of Health reported an additional 12,478 cases of COVID-19 Sunday, pushing the state case total over 350,000.

Florida hospitals have taken in an additional 339 patients, the latest daily report says. A total of 1,637 coronavirus patients have been hospitalized in the last five days.

The new cases of coronavirus reported Sunday brings the state total to 350,047 cases. An additional 87 deaths were also reported, bringing the state’s death count to 4,982.

As of 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, there were 9,293 people hospitalized throughout the state. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday 2,000 additional contracted nurses would be spread throughout the state to respond to the virus outbreak.

The state received 115,149 tests Saturday. Of that total, 14.26% were positive. The state says it received 98,725 negative results and 16,424 positives. The positive results include people who have tested positive more than once – for example, those who tested positive initially and were tested again to see if they still have the virus.

The percent positivity for new cases is 11.85%. Percent positivity for new cases is the number of people who test PCR (nose swabs) or antigen-positive for the first time divided by all the people tested that day. That does not include people who already tested positive once and have been re-tested to see if they’re still infected.

Floridians in the 25 to 34 age group account for the largest percentage of cases throughout the state. There are 70,030 confirmed cases in that age group, which is 20% of the state’s total.

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

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Total Cases: 22,989
Deaths: 234
Hospitalizations: 953

PINELLAS COUNTY

Total Cases: 12,917
Deaths: 310
Hospitalizations: 1,103

SARASOTA COUNTY

Total Cases: 4,021
Deaths: 100
Hospitalizations: 281

MANATEE COUNTY

Total Cases: 6,210
Deaths: 143
Hospitalizations: 402

POLK COUNTY

Total Cases: 8,999
Deaths: 174
Hospitalizations: 641

PASCO COUNTY

Total Cases: 4,746
Deaths: 42
Hospitalizations: 329

HERNANDO COUNTY

Total Cases: 1,098
Deaths: 13
Hospitalizations: 119

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

Total Cases: 705
Deaths: 15
Hospitalizations: 111

CITRUS COUNTY

Total Cases: 764
Deaths: 17
Hospitalizations: 80

HARDEE COUNTY

Total Cases: 688
Deaths: 4
Hospitalizations: 57

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

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