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Afternoon update from the FDOH: COVID-19 cases at 192 total positives; one new death reported

By Staff | Mar 17, 2020

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there were 192 total Florida cases of the new coronavirus, the Florida Department of Health reported in its afternoon update.

One person in Broward County who tested positive for COVID-19, has died, the agency said, adding this death is associated with an Assisted Living Facility.

New Florida cases include:

32 additional positive COVID-19 cases (31 Florida residents and 1 non-Florida resident) reported to the Florida Department of Health, including an additional case in Lee County where the total of confirmed cases is now five.

The patient is being treated at Gulf Coast Medical Center, according to Lee Health, which added no other information is available.

There are currently 173 positive cases in Florida residents and 19 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, officials said.

“Expansion to private laboratories changes the COVID-19 testing landscape in Florida,” Tuesday’s release states. “Private laboratories will run tests as they receive swab samples from practitioners. Testing and reporting times will vary among commercial and DOH laboratories. Demographic information may be updated during investigations. “

More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, which is updated twice daily.

According to the latest report those testing positive fall into the following age groups: 10-19, 9 cases; 20-29, 25 cases; 30-39, 12 cases; 40-49, 27 cases; 50-59, 27 cases; 60-69, 52 cases; 70-79, 29 cases; 80 and older, 11 cases.

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 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), visit the CDC COVID-19 website. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, visit the travel advisory website.

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, 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.

About the Florida Department of Health

. For more information please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.