Florida Department of Health Updates New COVID-19 Cases, Announces Forty-Seven Deaths Related to COVID-19

~32,318 positive cases in Florida residents and 875 positive cases in non-Florida residents~ 

TALLAHASSEE —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. The surveillance data report is available here

The Florida Department of Health also releases a list of long-term care facilities in Florida associated with COVID-19 cases with active cases in each facility in order to provide real-time data. The list of long-term care facilities with active COVID-19 cases is available here. To date, 394 individuals that were staff or residents of a long-term care facility have died.

Today, as of 11 a.m., there are 347 new positive COVID-19 cases (332 Florida residents and 15 non-Florida residents) and forty-seven deaths related to COVID-19. There are a total of 33,193 Florida cases** with 1,218 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 9 percent. On April 28, 4.69 percent of new cases** tested positive.

Since 11 a.m. on April 28, forty-seven people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Charlotte, Dade, Hendry, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Orange, Palm Beach and Polk 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. 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.