Saturday COVID-19 Florida numbers update
The Florida Department of Health, in order to provide more comprehensive data, releases a report on COVID-19 cases in Florida once per day. The Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard is also providing updates once per day. The state also provides a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county. Previously, this information was only available for select communities.
Test results for more than 29,800 individuals were reported to the Department of Health as of midnight, on Friday, May 22. Today, as reported at 11 a.m., there are 676 new positive COVID-19 cases (664 Florida residents and 12 non-Florida residents) and forty-three Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19.
While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 6 percent. On May 22, 2.7 percent of new cases** tested positive.
The Florida Department of Health also releases a list of long-term care facilities in Florida associated with COVID-19 cases with active cases and number of deaths in each facility in order to provide real-time data. To date, 1,072 individuals that were staff or residents of a long-term care facility have died.
There are a total of 50,127 Florida cases*** with 2,233 deaths related to COVID-19.
Since data reported at 11 a.m. on May 22, the deaths of forty-three Florida residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Dade, Escambia, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Manatee, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.
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.