9,085 new Florida coronavirus cases reported Thursday; 79 new deaths

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TGH will be among first to receive COVID-19 vaccine As pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna get closer to distributing their vaccines, five hospitals across Florida will be the first to receive it — that includes Tampa General Hospital.TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 9,085 Thursday. According to the state’s daily update, the total number of cases in Florida is now 914,333. The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 17,810, an increase of 79 since Wednesday’s update. In addition, a total of 220 non-Floridians have died in the state.  Locally, Sarasota County reported seven new deaths, Hillsborough County reported six, Pinellas County reported four, while Hernando and Citrus Counties each reported two new deaths. Of the 914,333 cases, 901,234 are Florida residents while 13,099 are non-Florida residents currently in the state.  Bay Area COVID-19 cases by the numbers:Hillsborough: 54,326 Advertisement Pinellas: 30,006Sarasota: 11,905Manatee: 15,343Sumter: 3,230Polk: 25,897Citrus: 4,125Hernando: 4,440Pasco: 13,156Highlands: 3,372DeSoto: 2,118Hardee: 1,713 SOURCE: Florida Department of Health The state is not reporting a total number of “recovered” coronavirus patients. As of Thursday, 3,383 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19; in total, 52,865 have been hospitalized for treatment at some point.A …

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