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Florida Records Its Deadliest Day Yet From COVID-19

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health
Deaths due to COVID-19 in Florida reached a new high of 83 Tuesday; surpassing the previous high of 72 observed on April 14. In the Tampa Bay area, the deaths of 21 people were recorded Tuesday.

Despite a downward trend in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks, Florida set a new single-day high in deaths on Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health reported.   

Between Monday morning and Tuesday morning, 83 people died from COVID-19, the largest single-day increase in the state since the coronavirus outbreak began. The previous high, recorded on April 14, was 72.

So far, 1,171 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida and 32,846 people have tested positive. That includes 708 more positive cases since Monday. 

Twenty-one of the 83 new deaths were in the Tampa Bay area, according to the health department. Information was only provided for seven of the people who died:  

  • An 81-year-old Hillsborough County man with no travel history and known contact with another case;
  • A 94-year-old Pinellas County woman with no known travel history or contact with another case;
  • A 98-year-old Pinellas County woman with no known travel history and a known contact with another case;
  • A 78-year-old Pinellas County woman with no known travel history and a known contact with another case;
  • A 77-year-old Manatee County woman with no known travel history and unknown contact with possible positive cases of COVID-19;
  • A 57-year-old Manatee County woman with no known travel history and no known contact with another case;
  • An 89-year-old Sarasota County man with no known travel history and unknown contact with another case;

The spike in deaths comes after the health department this week changed the way it reports new cases to the public, going from twice a day to once a day. Whether that has something to do with the increase was not clear.  
Tampa Bay area positive tests as of 11 a.m. Monday, April 27:  

  • Hillsborough: 1,080 (1,032 local, 48 non-resident)
  • Pinellas: 709 (668 local, 41 non-resident)
  • Manatee: 563 (561 local, 2 non-resident)
  • Polk: 457 (451 local, 6 non-resident)
  • Sarasota: 334 (317 local, 17 non-Sarasota resident)
  • Pasco: 239 (232 local, 7 non-Pasco resident)
  • Hernando: 89 (83 local, 6 non-Hernando resident)

Florida COVID-19 daily total of positive tests/deaths for last two weeks

  • April 28: 708/83
  • April 27: 610/14
  • April 26: 689 / 19
  • April 25: 306 / 43
  • April 24: 885 / 60
  • April 23: 1072 / 60
  • April 22: 707 / 60
  • April 21: 811 / 44
  • April 20: 744 / 49
  • April 19: 822 / 26
  • April 18: 739 / 22
  • April 17: 1413 / 58
  • April 16: 821 / 54
  • April 15: 891 / 43

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