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The number of dead and cases of coronavirus infection continued to climb on the eve of Florida’s soft “reopening.”

Three more Hillsborough County residents have died from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus. Those deaths were among 15 reported by the Florida Department of Health on Sunday, bringing the statewide death toll for the novel coronavirus to 1,403. Another 90 were hospitalized across the state.

After more than a month of shutdown, much of the state reopened Monday with Floridians allowed to dine inside restaurants, visit white sand beaches and shop at non-essential retailers.

But as the state moves to restart its fractured economy, the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow by the hundreds.

Florida on Monday saw 819 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total of reported infections to 36,897.

The state reported 20 new deaths, including three in the Tampa Bay region. The statewide death toll now stands at 1,423.

Tampa Bay Times analysis found that the state’s Monday morning updates have tended to have lower death increases than other days of the week.

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While the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to increase across the state, the rate at which the cases are growing has slowed.

6:00 a.m. — Florida’s DEO website is back up after going down over the weekend.

10:30 a.m. — The Florida Department of Health says that there are currently 36,897 cases of COVID-19 in Florida and a new death toll of 1,399. That is an additional 819 cases and 20 deaths since Sunday morning.

11:00 a.m. — Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is allowing restaurants to expand seating into private parking lots, allowing them to serve more patrons.

11:00 a.m.– The Florida Mall, Orlando International Premium Outlets, Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, and Orlando Outlet Marketplace are open once again, Simon Properties announced.

11:30 a.m. — The new antibody testing site at the Volusia County Fairgrounds hit capacity just a few hours after opening.

How fast is the number of Florida COVID-19 cases growing?

Morning updates typically show low numbers for the current day.

Reported deaths, however, are continuing to increase at a steady pace. More than a third of the fatalities, or 497, from the virus have been among residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

Florida joins several other southern states in the process of reopening.

Gov. Ron DeSantis praised Florida’s response to the virus while announcing his reopening plan last week. During his press conference, DeSantis presented slides with charts comparing Florida’s coronavirus fatality and hospitalization rates to Italy and hard-hit states in America.

He criticized the academic models that predicted Florida could face among the most catastrophic effects in the United States from the virus. He chided journalists for reporting on the models before he outlined his reopening plan.

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The reopening excludes the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, which together form the epicenter of the state’s epidemic.

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Health experts that reviewed DeSantis’ plan said it was a balanced effort to get the state back to work. But most agreed it’s too early to implement it.

Experts say widespread testing is a key element to a safe reopening, but overall, Florida has tested about 2 percent of its population. As of Monday, the state reported 444,814 people having been tested.

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The state has not come close to testing at the rate that some experts recommend. DeSantis said increased testing will coincide with the state’s reopening.

About 9 percent of coronavirus tests statewide have come back positive.

In the Tampa Bay area, Hillsborough County continues to be the leader for coronavirus cases with 1,300 confirmed infections. It has recorded 31 deaths, including new ones Monday: two women, aged 63 and 73.

Pinellas also reported a new death, a 98-year-old man, bringing its total death count attributed to the virus to 43. It has 784 cases.

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Manatee County, which is much smaller, continues to lead the region for deaths with 60. It has 636 recorded cases of the virus. At least some of those higher numbers are the result of outbreaks in some nursing homes in the county.

Across the remainder of the region, Polk has 536 cases and 26 deaths; Pasco has 282 cases and eight deaths; Citrus has 99 cases and 11 deaths; and Hernando has 96 cases and six deaths.

Florida coronavirus cases by age group

Doctors say older people are at a greater risk to developing severe symptoms from COVID-19, which makes Florida especially vulnerable.

This story will be updated.

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