Florida coronavirus cases now at 5,704 with 71 deaths

652 COVID-19 patients hospitalized

Because of the short supply, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County is now making their own coronavirus collection kits.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida now has 5,704 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday evening, a jump of 231 new patients and eight additional deaths compared to the last time numbers were released earlier in the day.

Of those cases, 715 people are being hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus, nine are Floridians who were diagnosed out of state and 215 are non-Florida residents who were diagnosed while visiting here.

The figures released by the Florida Department of Health Monday evening show that officials are investigating the origin of 3,593 cases while the others are either travel related, had contact with a confirmed case or both.

The next update will be provided Tuesday at 11 a.m.

As of now, here’s the breakdown of cases in Central Florida counties.

CountyConfirmed casesHospitalizationsDeaths

Not only does Orange County have the most cases in Central Florida, it also has the fourth most cases in the state behind only Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

It’s been nearly one month since coronavirus was first detected in Florida on March 1 and since then, local counties have issued stay-at-home orders, drive-thru testing sites have opened and, as of Monday, the governor has asked retired health care professionals and first responders to join in the fight to stop the spread of the deadly respiratory illness.

Monday also marks the start of distance learning for Central Florida students who were told they wouldn’t be able to return to school after spring break.

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