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10 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Manatee County. Statewide total tops 1,900

Bradenton Herald logo Bradenton Herald 2 days ago By Jessica De Leon and Ryan Ballogg, The Bradenton Herald

Ten new cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Manatee County on Wednesday as the total number of cases in Florida surged past 1,900.

The number of cases statewide increased by 510 people in just one day, according to the latest update from the Florida Department of Health.

The new cases come as testing remains extremely limited in Manatee County. The county on Thursday will open four-day-long event at a drive-thru testing facility at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto, taking 50 appointments a day from people with a prescription from a doctor ordering the test.

As of Wednesday, Manatee County had tested 188 people, although there is a backlog of residents with a doctor’s orders for the test.

There are 1,977 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Florida, of whom 1,867 are residents.

Manatee County now has 26 cases of COVID-19, which include one 70-year-old man who died from COVID-19 on March 16 and 10 people who have required hospitalization. Manatee County’s cases also include a 14-year-old boy who tested positive on Monday.

Among the 10 new cases, three were non-residents ranging in age from 66 to 69. They are the first non-residents to test positive in Manatee County.

Among Manatee County residents, the new cases ranged in age from 41 to 69. Only one case was was known to be travel-related. It was found in a a 52-year-old woman who recently traveled to New York.

Statewide, 23 deaths due to the disease have been confirmed, including three new deaths announced Wednesday.

Drive-thru testing starts Thursday

Manatee County’s first drive-thu COVID-19 testing facility opening Thursday will provide an opportunity for 200 more people to be tested. Because of the limited supplies, those needing testing will need to make an appointment and bring a doctor’s order.

Anyone needing any appointment needs to call 941-748-0747 in advance to schedule.

The testing site will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Thursday through Sunday. Those with appointments are asked to remember they we need to do the following:

Arrive in a vehicle. No walk-up patients will be seen.

Remain in their vehicle at all times.

Present a photo ID and a prescription for specimen collection, written by their health care provider.

New cases in Sarasota

Sarasota County now has 32 cases of COVID-19, including its first death on Tuesday, renowned playwright and screenwriter Terrence McNally.

COVID-19 test results came back negative for a patient who died yesterday in Sarasota and was suspected to have the disease, according to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. To date, the hospital has diagnosed 21 patients with the disease, 11 of whom remain hospitalized.

There have been 538 people tested so far in Sarasota, which includes 170 more since Tuesday.

In the Tampa Bay area, Hillsborough County still has the highest numbers of cases, with 123 people testing positive out of the 1,906 people who have been tested. Testing has been more aggressive in Hillsborough, with 519 of those tested since yesterday.

In Pinellas County, there have been 54 people who have tested positive out of the 1,047 people that have been tested. Pinellas has also been testing much more aggressively than Manatee, with 404 people tested since Tuesday.

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