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Florida Department of Health Updates New COVID-19 Cases, Announces Fourteen Deaths Related to COVID-19, Afternoon Update

April 19, 2020

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**CORRECTION**

This release has been corrected to provide the accurate number of deaths in residents or staff in long-term care facilities.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2020

Contact: Joint Information Center on COVID-19 for the State of Florida (850) 815-4940, ESF14@em.myflorida.com

Florida Department of Health Updates New COVID-19 Cases, Announces Sixteen Deaths Related to COVID-19, Morning Update

~25,300 positive cases in Florida residents and 696 positive cases in non-Florida residents~ 

 

TALLAHASSEE — To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that is updated twice daily. Today, as of 11 a.m., there are 25,996 total** Florida cases.

There are currently 303 long-term care facilities with positive cases of COVID-19. The Florida Department of Health has published the list here. The twice daily COVID-19 report also includes information by county about deaths related to staff or residents in long-term care facilities. Of the 1,785 cases of residents or staff in long-term care facilities, 175 have died. 

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 10 percent. Of the 10,306 tests performed on April 18, there were 1,068 positive results, or 10 percent.

 

Sixteen people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 Clay, Dade, Indian River, Okaloosa, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties.

 

New Florida cases include:

  • 504 additional positive COVID-19 cases (503 Florida residents and 1 non-Florida resident) reported to the Florida Department of Health.
  • There are currently 25,300 positive cases in Florida residents and 696 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. 

More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found here.

Confirmed Cases in Florida Residents

25,300

Confirmed by DOH

2,901

Tested by private labs

22,399

Characteristics of Florida Resident Cases

 

FL resident diagnosed & isolated out of state*

9

Deaths

764

 

Cases in Non-Florida Residents

696

Confirmed by DOH

105

Tested by private labs

591

 

Total Cases Overview

25,996

Traveled

1,590

Contact with confirmed case

6,893

Travel & contact with confirmed case

1,305

Under Investigation

15,512

For more detail on Florida resident cases, please visit the live DOH Dashboard here

* Florida residents that are diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolated out of state are not reflected on the Florida map.

**Total cases overview includes positive cases in Florida residents and non-Florida residents tested in Florida.

More Information on COVID-19

 

To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. For information and advisories from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website.

 

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

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