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Coronavirus Cases Involving Florida Top 4,000; Three More Pinellas Residents Die

A graphic showing 3,763 cases of coronavirus
Florida Department of Health
The latest count of coronavirus cases in Florida, as of Saturday morning

Three more people in Pinellas County have died from coronavirus, bringing the county’s total death toll so far to four, as the state of Florida reported a new record leap in coronavirus cases – 863 more in a day -- officials said Saturday.

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Statewide, 56 people have died from COVID-19, according to the Florida Department of Health’s Saturday evening update. The total known infections is now 4,038 total in Florida.

The Saturday morning total was 863 more cases than were reported Friday morning by the state department of health, which updates its figures twice a day.  The number of cases from Friday evening to Saturday evening increased by 840. The Thursday to Friday caseload rose by 714.

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“Eight people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Dade, Lee, Pasco, Pinellas and Volusia counties,” the health department said in a press release Saturday morning.

The three Pinellas County fatalities were an 83-year-old woman, a 64-year-old man and a 52-year-old man, all with previously known cases of COVID-19, the Pinellas County Department of Health said in a statement.

“DOH-Pinellas extends its condolences to their families and friends. The deaths were reported by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) within the past 24 hours,” it said.

The two additional deaths reported Saturday evening were in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties.

Tampa Bay area positive tests for COVID-19: 

• Hillsborough County: 206 (200 local, 6 non-Hillsborough residents)

• Pinellas County: 111 (100 local, 11 non-Pinellas residents)

• Sarasota County: 50 (42 local, 8 non-Sarasota residents)

• Manatee County: 32 (32 local)

• Pasco County: 34 (33 local, 1 non-Pasco resident)

• Polk County: 37 (37 local)

• Hernando 14 (14 local)

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