Coronavirus in Florida: More than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

FDOH confirms one death in Palm Beach County, 1,007 cases statewide

In this Thursday, March 19, 2020 photo, chairs are stacked along a wall in a nearly empty Spanish Springs town square in The Villages, Fla. Three town squares are closed due to the coronavirus through the end of the month in what is perhaps the largest concentration of seniors in the U.S. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The number of Florida-related coronavirus cases climbed above 1,000 Sunday evening, according to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health.

In a 6 p.m. update, the FDOH reported 1,007 confirmed cases in Florida residents and 70 confirmed cases in non-Florida residents, totaling 937 Florida-related cases.

The department was also reporting an additional death Sunday related to COVID-19 in Palm Beach County. This marks the first fatality in Palm Beach County from the virus. Health officials said there have been 13 deaths in Florida coronavirus cases.

About half of the state’s coronavirus cases have been reported in South Florida in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, according to the FDOH.

The numbers also show that more than 60% of patients with COVID-19 in Florida are less than 69 years old, including two cases in children less than 9 years old, according to the Health Department.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older individuals and those with pre-existing health conditions are most at risk for becoming critically ill from the respiratory disease.

However, a recent from the CDC shows the rate of U.S. coronavirus cases requiring hospitalization was more widespread, regardless of age.

The Florida Department of Health updates confirmed cases daily at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., however, the numbers may be lower than the actual count.

The number of confirmed cases is expected to grow this week as more testing sites open throughout the state.

More than 11,000 people have been tested for the highly contagious respiratory illness. COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person.

The University of Florida is offering coronavirus tests for residents at The Villages and a U.S. National Guard testing site at the Orange County Convention Center parking lot is set to open this week.

Worldwide more than 14,300 people have died due to COVID-19 complications.

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