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The Florida Department of Health on Thursday reported 48,675 people tested positive for the coronavirus; an increase of 1,204 since Wednesday.
The daily report from the state includes information released on an individual day. According to state officials, cases in the report may have happened days or weeks earlier.
In a tweet on Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis attributed the spike in cases to a “big dump” of more than 50,000 test results.
Over the past 14 days, the state has reported a daily average of about 27,000 test results. However, on Wednesday the state reported receiving nearly 78,000 test results and reported only 527 positive cases.
Statewide, 2,144 people have died due to complications from COVID-19; a daily increase of 48.
Among Tampa Bay counties, Hillsborough had the largest number of new cases, with 64. It was the second-largest daily increase for Hillsborough since May 2, when 77 new infections were cited.
Polk County saw its largest daily increase in new cases Thursday, with 36.
The Department of Health provided some information on the eight deaths reported Thursday in the Tampa Bay region:
Tampa Bay area positive tests as of 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21:
Florida COVID-19 daily total of positive tests/deaths for the last two weeks:
The daily Florida Department of Health report includes information released by the state on an individual day. Cases and deaths in the report may have happened days or weeks earlier, according to state officials.
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