(Updated 5/22/2020 at 12:00 pm)
~48,150 positive cases in Florida residents and 1,301 positive cases in non-Florida residents~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — 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.
Test results for more than 27,200 individuals were reported to the Department of Health as of midnight, on Thursday, May 21. Today, as reported at 11 a.m., there are 776 new positive COVID-19 cases (769 Florida residents and 7 non-Florida residents) and forty-six Florida resident 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 6 percent. On May 21, 2.9 percent of new cases** tested positive.
The Florida Department of Health also releases a list of long-term care facilities in Florida associated with COVID-19 cases with active cases and number of deaths 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. The list of long-term care facilities with deaths in available here. To date, 1,043 individuals that were staff or residents of a long-term care facility have died.
There are a total of 49,451 Florida cases*** with 2,190 deaths related to COVID-19.
Since data reported at 11 a.m. on May 21, the deaths of forty-six Florida residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Desoto, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Palm Beach, Polk, Sarasota and Volusia 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