TALLAHASSEE — To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated twice daily. We also encourage all Floridians to take the COVID-19 Community Action Survey by visiting www.StrongerThanC19.com.

Today, as of 6 p.m., there are 15,698 total** Florida cases.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 11 percent. Of the 12,588 tests performed on April 7, there were 1,242 positive results, or 10 percent.

Fourteen people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Citrus, Dade, Escambia, Highlands, Manatee, Martin, Orange, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

New Florida cases include:

242 additional positive COVID-19 cases (231 Florida residents and 11 non-Florida residents) reported to the Florida Department of Health.

There are currently 15,234 positive cases in Florida residents and 464 positive cases in non-Florida residents.

Florida recently partnered with private laboratories around the state to expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity. This partnership will increase the number of tests conducted each day and ensure Floridians receive the critical health information they need in a timely manner.

Expansion to private laboratories changes the COVID-19 testing landscape in Florida. Private laboratories are running tests as they receive swab samples from practitioners. Testing and reporting times vary among commercial and DOH laboratories. Demographic information may be updated during investigations. These twice daily reports reflect the state’s efforts to accurately and transparently share information.