Here are the latest numbers available from the Florida Department of Health.

We'll update this story throughout the day with the latest news about coronavirus and its effects in Florida.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 390, according to Thursday morning's advisory from the state Department of Health.

An eighth person confirmed to test positive for COVID-19 died, according to the Florida Department of Health Wednesday.

The state's eighth death occurred in Clay County, where there are four confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. Under directive from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the state Department of Health is reporting the number of cases twice a day.

Ninety people in the state have been hospitalized with the virus.

Broward County continues to see the most cases, with 96 confirmed people with the virus, followed closely by Miami-Dade County with 86 cases.

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While the greatest percentage of cases continues to be reported in those 50 and older, there's a growing number of cases reported in those 40 and younger. The Department of Health reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 reached 14 for those between 10 and 19 years, 56 for those 20 to 29 and 43 in those ages 30-39.

Several counties around the state have reported no cases of the virus, mostly in North Florida and in the central portion of the state.

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Here are the latest numbers available from the Florida Department of Health:

EPA says tap water safe during COVID-19 outbreak

11:22 a.m.

As shoppers clear shelves of water bottles and filters at Walmart and elsewhere, public utility, environmental and health officials assure tap water is and will remain safe to drink during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state health department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency insist the risk to drinking water is low.

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'If I get corona, I get corona': Coronavirus pandemic doesn't slow spring breakers' party

9:34 a.m.

It's spring break and even a pandemic doesn't appear to be stopping some people's plans.

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As many Americans continue practicing social distancing to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, videos and photos of spring breakers in Florida have poured in, showing many undeterred by the threat of COVID-19.

"If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day I'm not going to let it stop me from partying," spring break goer Brady Sluder told Reuters in Miami.

Several Florida cities and counties have decided to close beaches to limit the spread of the virus.

"It's really messing up with my spring break. What is there to do here other than go to bars or the beach? And they're closing all of it," a woman named Brianna Leeder said in a CBS News video.

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Brevard's beaches remain open for now

10:19 a.m.

Brevard County's beaches will remain open for now, although the county is urging beachgoers to avoid having large gatherings there.

New guidelines, announced Monday afternoon by President Donald Trump, call on Americans to avoid social gatherings involving groups of 10 or more for the next 15 days, as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Cash collection on state toll roads suspended; drivers to receive bill in mail

8:45 a.m.

The Central Florida Expressway Authority is suspending cash collection for tolls on Florida roads, shifting to license plate tolling, known as Pay by Plate.

The change when into effect at 8 a.m. today March 19, according to a news release from the organization.

The temporary suspension was made to reduce the potential exposure of both drivers and employees from the COVID-19 virus.

Drivers who normally pay cash at toll booths will continue to pay the cash rate and will receive a Pay by Plate billing statement in the mail for tolls incurred.

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Canadians begin exodus home from Southwest Florida fearing coronavirus insurance issues

9:48 a.m.

Many Canadians are making an early exodus from Southwest Florida because of insurance concerns related to the coronavirus global pandemic.

With the U.S. announcing Wednesday that the Canadian border would be shutting down for nonessential travel and flights beginning to dwindle, Canadians who usually winter in the area through Easter have changed those plans.

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Stores designate shopping time for seniors vulnerable amid coronavirus

5 a.m.

Some retailers — including Walmart, Albertsons, Whole Foods and Target — are setting aside time for their most vulnerable customers to shop.

Acknowledging that older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are more susceptible to COVID-19, a growing number of stores are dedicating time or opening earlier for senior shoppers and other at-risk groups.

Because of panic shopping, which has left store shelves empty, at-risk groups including seniors have had difficulty getting supplies.

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Tallahassee hospitals confirm first three cases, death

9:57 p.m. Wednesday

Leon County hospital officials announced three coronavirus cases and the first death in Leon County on Wednesday night as the number of Floridians infected by the virus continues to climb.

The first case of COVID-19, which proved fatal, was confirmed by Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare at about 8:15. p.m. Minutes later, Capital Regional Medical Center announced two more cases.

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2 members of Congress, including one from Florida, test positive for COVID-19

7:27 p.m. Wednesday

Two members of Congress, Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Ben McAdams of Utah, have tested positive for coronavirus, causing other members who may have been exposed to go into self-quarantine and raising the question of whether there are more cases on Capitol Hill.

Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., announced Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first known member of Congress to contract the rapidly spreading virus.

Diaz-Balart, 58, who represents parts of Miami and South Florida, said in a statement that he decided to self-quarantine in Washington Friday night after voting with hundreds of his colleagues on the House floor for a coronavirus relief package. He said he decided to stay in Washington because his wife has pre-existing conditions, and thus is more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus.

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Bar & grill establishments interpret governor's order differently, bemoan lack of guidance

6:29 p.m. Wednesday

Owners and managers of Marco Island eateries with stand-alone bars inside say there's been little guidance as what to what constitutes compliance for them after the governor put in restrictions Tuesday in response to COVID-19.

To slow the spread of the disease, Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order called for bars and nightclubs to close for 30 days and for restaurants to reduce capacity by 50% while keeping 6-foot social distancing.

Bar and grill types of establishments, though, have questioned how the order translates to their stand-alone bars as they attempt to come into compliance.

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Coronavirus spurs sales of handguns, rifles and bullets

4:15 p.m. Wednesday

Shotguns, rifles and handguns are selling fast at Buck’s Gun Rack in Daytona Beach as people worried about the coronavirus’ siege on society buy firearms and ammunition.

Buyers are concerned about the future, so they are preparing just in case, said Forrest Buckwald, the owner of Buck’s Gun Rack at 607 W. International Speedway Blvd.

“They want to do home defense,” Buckwald said, “and think maybe there will be a social breakdown, perhaps with the panic. They don’t know how bad the situation is going to get socially.”

Ammo.com, which sells ammunition online, says it has had a big spike in business since February, according to its website, where a graphic details sales in states.

Sales in Florida were up 235 percent, according to the website. The most popular calibers in the Sunshine State by sales volume were the 9 mm posting an increase of 315 percent followed by .223-caliber rounds for rifles, such as the AR-15, up by 368 percent. Another rifle round, the 5.56x45, was up by 413 percent.

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Trump invoking Defense Production Act to speed coronavirus resources

12:47 p.m. Wednesday

President Donald Trump said he is invoking the Defense Production Act, which allows the administration to expedite and expand the supply of resources.

Trump did not say specifically what powers he would execute, but the act could allow him to step up production of respirators and other medical equipment.

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DeSantis says K-12 must remain closed through April 15

6:41 p.m. Tuesday

Gov. Ron DeSantis says students must remain off school campuses until at least April 15.

DeSantis made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. He added that he and Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran were waiving state testing requirements for the school year and the requirements that students must take the test to graduate or advance to the next grade.

"Parents may at their discretion choose to keep their child in the same grade for the 2021 school year," DeSantis said.

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DeSantis orders bars, nightclubs closed

11:20 a.m. Tuesday

Gov. Ron DeSantis today ordered all bars and nightclubs to close effective 5 p.m. Tuesday.

He also announced that four University of Florida students have tested positive for the coronavirus, including at least one who had traveled internationally.

The governor is also recommending that all restaurants follow California in reducing capacity by 50 percent and distancing tables to make sure there is six feet of separation between groups of diners.

"This is the floor for the foreseeable future," DeSantis said.

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