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Florida Reports Over 5,000 New Coronavirus Cases, Hospitalizations Trend Downwards

Florida's Coronavirus Dashboard Map
Florida Dept. of Health
Fifteen deaths from COVID-19 related complications were recorded in the greater Tampa Bay region since Tuesday, including 12 in Hillsborough County.

The state on Wednesday reported a decline of 48 people in Florida hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.

The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday reported 5,178 people tested positive for the coronavirus — bringing Florida's total to 2,222,546 cases.

The state also recorded the deaths of 76 people due to complications from COVID-19 since Tuesday's report, bringing the overall death toll to 35,722 people.

Fifteen deaths were recorded in the greater Tampa Bay region, including 12 in Hillsborough County.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the state reported 3,301 people were being treated at hospitals in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 — that’s 48 fewer people than the previous day, and the second straight day of declines.

On Wednesday, the state’s positivity rate was 5.76 percent, down from 6.92 percent in Tuesday’s report. The state reported 108,119 tests returned, up almost 15,000 from a day earlier.

State Totals (as of Wednesday, April 28)

  • Positive Tests – 2,222,546
  • Deaths – 35,722

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 5,178 | Deaths – 76
  • Greater Tampa Bay region: Positive Tests – 1,145 | Deaths –15

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 108,119| Positivity Rate – 5.76%

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.

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

  • April 28: 5,178/76
  • April 27: 5,271/46
  • April 26: 3,513/66
  • April 25: 4,671/37
  • April 24: 7,411/54
  • April 23: 5,464/65
  • April 22: 6,684/84
  • April 21: 5,571/85
  • April 20: 5,645/67
  • April 19: 4,237/33
  • April 18: 6,834/35
  • April 17: 6,323/74
  • April 16: 7,296/93
  • April 15: 6,762/78
NOTE: The Florida Department of Health discontinued daily coronvirus updates on June 4, 2021.

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