The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 738 Monday. According to the state’s daily update, the total number of cases in Florida is now 701,302.

The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 14,037, an increase of five since Sunday’s update. In addition, a total of 170 non-Floridians have died in the state. No new local deaths were reported Monday.

Of the 701,302 cases, 692,962 are Florida residents while 8,340 are non-Florida residents currently in the state. 

Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:

  • Hillsborough: 41,952
  • Pinellas: 22,049
  • Sarasota: 8,147
  • Manatee: 11,486
  • Sumter: 2,228
  • Polk: 19,888
  • Citrus: 2,742
  • Hernando: 3,127
  • Pasco: 9,233
  • Highlands: 2,160
  • DeSoto: 1,565
  • Hardee: 1,361
Florida new resident cases in orange; new resident deaths in gray. Note: Deaths usually appear to be trending down because of the delay in confirming the last few days of data. Source: Fla. Dept. of Health.

The state is not reporting a total number of “recovered” coronavirus patients. As of Monday, 2,095 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19; in total, 43,606 have been hospitalized for treatment at some point.

A total of 5,268,827 residents have been tested in the state as of Monday — about 24.5% of the state’s population — according to the Florida Department of Health.

Today’s new case number represents the first time in 118 days that the increase was less than 1,000. The number of new cases has generally trended down over the last few weeks, mirroring the number of tests being given. Gov. Ron DeSantis says that’s good enough to move to Phase 3 of the reopening plan.

The rate of positive new tests has declined from its summertime peak, remaining below 10% for over 40 days. It was at 4.23% on Sunday, the most recent date available.

After peaking in July, the number of deaths also began a downward trend in August that continued through September — though “significant delays” in data reporting, as the state says, make interpreting short-term trends from that statistic less reliable.

Monday was the first day since the spring in which no local deaths were reported.

Source: FOX 13 NEWS

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