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Florida COVID-19 Deaths Over 140 For Third Straight Day

Florida Department of Health coronavirus dashboard
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
The death toll from COVID-19 in Florida stands at 13,247.

Deaths associated with the coronavirus topped 140 for the third day in a row Thursday.

Thursday’s report from the Florida Department of Health recorded the deaths of 147 people due to complications from COVID-19 since Wednesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 13,247.

It’s the third straight day there have been over 140 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the state.

Eighteen of the deaths occurred in the greater Tampa Bay region.

The deaths were recorded by the state since Wednesday’s report, but they may have occurred days or weeks earlier.

Since Wednesday’s report, 3,255 people tested positive for the coronavirus bringing the statewide total to 674,456.

Thursday’s report shows 604 new positive tests in the greater Tampa Bay region.

Of 80,707 tests returned to the state Wednesday, 4.46% of those tested for the first time were positive.

ABOUT THE DATA: The Florida Department of Health produces a daily update around 11 a.m. with information about COVID-19 cases and deaths that were reported over the previous 24 hours. Cases and deaths in the report may have happened days or weeks earlier, according to state officials. The state separately tracks cases and deaths that occurred on specific days on its dashboard and those totals are frequently updated.

Greater Tampa Bay region positive tests as of Thursday, September 17th:

  • Hillsborough: 40,126
  • Pinellas: 21,254
  • Polk: 18,783
  • Manatee: 11,041
  • Pasco: 8,680
  • Sarasota: 7,752
  • Hernando: 2,941

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

  • Sept. 17: 3,255/147
  • Sept. 16: 2,355/154
  • Sept. 15: 3,116/146
  • Sept. 14: 1,736/36
  • Sept. 13: 2,423/8
  • Sept. 12: 3,190/98
  • Sept. 11: 3,650/176
  • Sept. 10: 2,583/213
  • Sept. 9: 2,056/202
  • Sept. 8: 1,823/44
  • Sept. 7: 1,838/22
  • Sept. 6: 2,564/38
  • Sept. 5: 3,656/60
  • Sept. 4: 3,198/103