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Florida Dept. Of Health Retracts Report Of Pasco County Coronavirus Death

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health
The Florida Department of Health retracted a report Friday of the death of a Pasco Co. man from COVID-19. Ten people have died in the state from coronavirus.

At 6 p.m. Friday, the Florida Department of Health reported a 46-year-old man from Pasco County had died.

But just before 10 p.m., the Department retracted that and released a statement saying, "This was reported in error, there were no new fatalities in Florida associated with COVID-19 as of 6 p.m." 

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office also posted a note on its Facebook page noting the error.

"There was an error in data input for the Florida Department of Health reporting system in Pasco County which has been corrected," said the Pasco Department of Health. "Currently there are no deaths related to COVID-19 in Pasco County. We apologize for the error and will continue to keep you informed."

Ten people have died in Florida from the coronavirus.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, 563 people have confirmed positive tests of COVID-19 in Florida, an increase of 131 from Thursday. That includes 510 Florida residents and 53 non-residents.

An earlier release from the department also listed the death of a non-Florida resident who had been in the state.

Cases continued to be most heavily concentrated in Southeast Florida. Broward County led the state with 128 people testing positive, followed by Miami-Dade County with 123 and Palm Beach County with 42. The next-highest total was Hillsborough County, which had 32.

More than 7,300 people have been tested in Florida. More than 5,700 have come back negative; 1,094 are pending and 1,049 people are currently being monitored.

Tampa Bay area positive tests
Hillsborough 32 (30 local, 2 non-Hillsborough residents)
Pinellas 22 (21 local, 1 non-Pinellas resident)
Manatee 10 (10 local)
Polk 9 (9 local)
Sarasota 8 (5 local, 3 non-Sarasota residents)
Pasco 7 (6 local, 1 non-Pasco resident)
Hernando 4 (4 local)

All figures courtesy Florida Department of Health, additional information courtesy News Service of Florida

I cover health and K-12 education – two topics that have overlapped a lot since the pandemic began.
Mark Schreiner is the assistant news director and intern coordinator for WUSF News.
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