Florida COVID-19 update, Damaged samples to be retested


The Florida Department of Health today reported 527 new positive COVID-19 cases (513 Florida residents and 14 non-Florida residents) and forty-four Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19.

There are a total of 47,471 Florida cases with 2,096 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 19, 0.64 percent of new cases tested positive.

Concerning long-term care facilities, DOH reports 968 individuals that were staff or residents of a long-term care facility have died.

In addition, the Florida Division of Emergency Management was made aware that of the more than 90,000 tests administered at drive-thru and walk-up test sites so far in May. 1,702 were damaged in transit, and these individuals will need to be retested. Any person whose sample was damaged will be contacted as soon as possible. These individuals will be prioritized for retesting at the site where they were originally tested.

This month, the state has increased testing at drive-thru and walk-up sites across the state. Since May 1, we have opened drive-thru sites in Sarasota, Lee, Miami-Dade, Escambia, Broward, Brevard and Volusia counties, as well as walk-up sites in Opa Locka, Daytona Beach, North Lauderdale, Miramar and Sarasota. In total, these sites have allowed the state to perform more than 5,000 additional tests per day. Overall, between state supported walk-up sites and state-supported drive-thru sites, more than 196,000 tests have been administered.


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