Florida now at 563 coronavirus cases, 10 deaths

Orange County up to 23 COVID-19 patients; Marion County sees first case

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The number of Florida coronavirus cases jumped by more than 100 in 24 hours for a new total of 563 Friday evening.

The figures released by the Florida Department of Health at 6 p.m. show 510 cases in Florida residents, six of whom are being isolated out of state, and 53 non-Florida residents who were diagnosed while visiting the Sunshine State.

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The total also includes 10 deaths thus far and those who were diagnosed with COVID-19 but have since tested negative.

Of all the Florida cases, 156 are travel related, 102 had contact with someone who tested positive, 90 had recently traveled in addition to having contact with another confirmed case and 215 are under investigation.

There are currently 1,049 people being monitored.

In Central Florida, there are four cases in Brevard, three in Lake, 23 in Orange, 13 in Osceola, nine in Polk, 10 in Seminole, two in Sumter and 10 in Volusia.

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

Officials from the Seminole County Office of Emergency Management also claim that FDOH’s numbers are not updating quickly enough. According to them, Seminole County actually has 13 cases. In addition, Marion County commissioners said Friday evening that the county has its first case, but state numbers don’t reflect that.

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

Earlier Friday, at 11 a.m., Florida was at 520 cases and 10 deaths. As of Thursday at 6 p.m., the number of Florida-related cases was at 432.

The highly contagious respiratory illness first appeared in Florida on March 1. Nearly every day since then, the number of cases has continued to rise.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has repeatedly pushed for more testing and social distancing to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Around 6 p.m. Friday the Florida Department of Health said there were 11 deaths from Coronavirus in Florida, the department of health corrected this number to 10 deaths around 10 p.m. on Friday.

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