Manatee County Sees Nine COVID-19 Deaths Friday; Florida's New Cases Near 25,000
Florida saw an increase of 1,413 new cases of COVID-19 Friday.
The Department of Health reported 24,753 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.
726 people have died from the coronavirus - an increase of 58 since Thursday evening.
Manatee County reported nine deaths between Thursday and Friday evenings - the largest daily increase for any Tampa Bay county since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Sarasota County listed five new deaths; Pinellas reported two; Hillsborough and Polk counties each listed one.
The Pinellas deaths are believed to have been residents of a Seminole nursing home that was evacuated Friday. The medical examiner's office in Pinellas County reported a third person at the home died - a date on that death was not reported.
The patients, an 84-year-old woman, 74-year-old man, and 66-year-old man were among dozens of people who were evacuated after the virus spread through the nursing home.
Tampa Bay area positive tests as of 6 p.m. Friday, April 17:
- Hillsborough: 924 (883 local, 41 non-resident)
- Pinellas: 565 (524 local, 41 non-resident)
- Manatee: 326 (324 local, 2 non-resident)
- Polk: 316 (310 local, 6 non-resident)
- Sarasota: 274 (259 local, 15 non-resident)
- Pasco:192 (185 local, 7 non-resident)
- Hernando: 83 (79 local, 4 non-resident)
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