Florida sees 763 COVID-19 cases, an increase of more than 100 in 12 hours

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Image: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID-19 cases in Florida reached 763 as of Saturday evening, up by 105, although the number of deaths held steady at 12 since the last state Department of Health update that morning.

Florida residents accounted for 706 of the cases, according to department data. Statewide, 9,338 people had been tested; 7,570 of those tests were negative; results are pending in 1,005. Case by case data are available here.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has been noting a growth in the number of private labs participating in the state’s testing program, and the latest data back him up. They show that 390 Floridians received their positive test results from private labs, compared to 316 from state facilities.

One of the new cases was in Bay County and represents the first reported there. The patient is a 47-year-old male who’d traveled from Texas.

Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been passing the dubious distinction for reporting the most cases; the latest information is that Miami-Dade is in the lead with 158 cases and that Broward follows with 156. Between them, the counties account for 41 percent of the caseload.

People over 50 accounted for 57 percent of the recorded infections and people under 50 for 43 percent, with people in their 20s accounting for 14 percent and those between 10 and 19 3 percent. Two cases were reported affecting children.

Michael Moline
Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.