Coronavirus cases in Florida tops 18,000

Coronavirus cases in Florida now more thn 18,000. (MGN)
Coronavirus cases in Florida now more thn 18,000. (MGN)(WJHG)
Published: Apr. 11, 2020 at 11:10 AM CDT
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Today, as of 11 a.m., there are 18,494 total** Florida cases.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 11 percent. Of the 10,622 tests performed on April 10, there were 1,401 positive results, or 13 percent.

There are 36 total cases in Bay County, 27 in Walton County, 91 in Okaloosa County, 2 in Franklin County, 1 in Gulf County, 5 in Jackson County, 2 in Holmes County, 3 in Washington County and 5 in Calhoun County.

Nineteen people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Collier, Dade, Hillsborough, Lake, Orange, Palm Beach and Sarasota counties.

New Florida cases include:

- 526 additional positive COVID-19 cases (513 Florida residents and 13 non-Florida residents) reported to the Florida Department of Health.

- There are currently 17,961 positive cases in Florida residents and 533 positive cases in non-Florida residents.

Florida recently partnered with private laboratories around the state to expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity. This partnership will increase the number of tests conducted each day and ensure Floridians receive the critical health information they need in a timely manner.

Expansion to private laboratories changes the COVID-19 testing landscape in Florida. Private laboratories are running tests as they receive swab samples from practitioners. Testing and reporting times vary among commercial and DOH laboratories. Demographic information may be updated during investigations. These twice daily reports reflect the state’s efforts to accurately and transparently share information.

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