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Watch Live: DeSantis holds press conference, updates on coronavirus

Cheryl S. Grant
cgrant@gatehousemedia.com
Winter Haven News Chief

Gov. Ron DeSantis, hold press conference on May 8, COVID-19 updates, regarding COVID-19. Rapid result antibody testing to begin in Jacksonville, May 9.

As of Thursday afternoon the Florida Department of Health report the coronavirus claimed the lives of 1,600 Floridians.

The Florida Department of Health also reported that as of Thursday morning’s advisory the total number of confirmed cases for the state is 38,828 There have been 493,576 tests conducted 454,122 were negative. Of the confirmed cases 6,765 have been or had been admitted to the hospital.

The state Department of Health does not currently measure “recovery,” and doesn't expect to have such a designation anytime in the near future, adding that the definition of recovery is a contested issue.

SOURCE Johns Hopkins University; local and state health agencies; USA TODAY research.