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Noon report from Joint Information Center on COVID-19 for the State of Florida: Two new deaths, 658 cases

By Staff | Mar 21, 2020

The Florida Department of Health reports that of 11 a.m. Saturday, there are 658 total** Florida cases.

There are two new reported COVID-19 related deaths,one in Broward County and one in Duval County.

New Florida cases include:

95 additional positive COVID-19 cases (93 Florida residents and 2 non-Florida residents) reported to the Florida Department of Health.

There are currently 603 positive cases in Florida residents and 55 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. 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.”

* 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, 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.

Source: Joint Information Center on COVID-19 for the State of Florida