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Florida-related coronavirus cases rise to 658, 12 deaths

Brianna Volz, digital journalist.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The number of Florida-related coronavirus cases has exceeded 650, according to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health.

In an 11 a.m. update, the FDOH reported 603 confirmed cases in Florida residents and 55 confirmed cases in non-Florida residents, totaling 658 Florida-related cases.

Health officials said there have been 12 deaths in Florida coronavirus cases and that 1,072 cases are being monitored.

Of the 603 confirmed cases in Florida residents, 301 cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health, according to the FDOH website. The other 302 cases have been confirmed in private testing laboratories.

Of the total 658 Florida-related cases, 179 are travel-related, 115 of the patients had contact with another confirmed case, 99 of the cases traveled and had contact with another confirmed case, and 265 cases are still under investigation.

Here is the breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Central Florida:

Brevard: 4 cases

Lake: 4 cases

Orange: 23 boxes

Seminole: 11 cases

Sumter: 2 cases

Osceola: 14 cases

Polk: 10 cases

Volusia: 10 cases

Marion: 0 cases

  • Flagler: 0 cases

NOTE: FDOH data lists zero cases in Flagler and Marion counties, but Flagler County health officials said Friday that a Volusia County resident tested positive for respiratory illness while in the area.

Officials from the Seminole County Office of Emergency Management also claim that FDOH numbers are not updating fast enough. According to them, Seminole County actually has 13 cases. Additionally, Marion County commissioners said Friday night that the county has its first case, but state numbers do not reflect that.

Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the president’s coronavirus task force, noted Wednesday afternoon that the labs are working through a backlog of tests that are now being processed at a higher rate, meaning that the The country will likely see an increase in positive cases in the coming days.

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