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Latest Coronavirus Numbers Highest In Weeks For Florida

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
Florida Department of Health
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The Florida Department of Health on Thursday reported 3,306 people tested positive for coronavirus over the previous 24 hours, the highest single-day total since Sept. 19.

This brings the total number of cases in the state to 726,013.

The state received results from 77,485 tests Wednesday. The positivity rate among those tested for the first time was 4.57%.

The state recorded 170 deaths related to the disease since Wednesday, bringing the overall death toll to 15,254.

Thursday's figures included 749 new positive tests in the greater Tampa Bay region. That's the highest single-day total for the region since Sept. 1.

The deaths of 41 people were also recorded in the greater Tampa Bay region — the highest single-day total for the region since Aug. 25.

That number included 10 deaths in Hillsborough County, seven in Polk and Sarasota counties, six in Pasco County, five in Hernando County, four in Manatee County, and two in Pinellas County.

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

A number of counties also saw the highest one-day numbers of cases and/or deaths in weeks:

  • Hillsborough 274 cases — most since Sept. 5
  • Pinellas 140 cases — most since Sept. 11
  • Pasco 87 cases — most since Sept. 19; six deaths — most since Sept. 21
  • Manatee 71 cases — most since Sept. 19
  • Sarasota 61 cases — most since Sept. 24; seven deaths — most since Sept. 2

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, Oct. 8:

  • Hillsborough: 43,578
  • Pinellas: 22,822
  • Polk: 20,814
  • Manatee: 11,943
  • Pasco: 9,652
  • Sarasota: 8,518
  • Hernando: 3,291

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

  • Oct. 8: 3,306/170
  • Oct. 7: 2,582/139
  • Oct. 6: 2,251/59
  • Oct. 5: 1,415/41
  • Oct. 4: 1,868/43
  • Oct. 3: 2,787/74
  • Oct. 2: 2,660/111
  • Oct. 1: 2,628/131
  • Sept. 30: 1,948/175
  • Sept. 29: 3,266/106
  • Sept. 28: 738/5
  • Sept. 27: 1,882/12
  • Sept. 26: 2,795/107
  • Sept. 25: 2,847/122
Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV from 2007-2017.