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More than 50 Tampa General Hospital workers tested positive for coronavirus, official confirms

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Posted at 10:25 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 23:46:56-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- More than 50 Tampa General Hospital workers have tested positive for coronavirus, an official confirmed with ABC Action News on Thursday night.

According to the TGH official, 55 out of 8,000 hospital employees tested positive for the virus since early March 2020. Officials did not specify the timing of when these employees had tested positive for COVID-19 and how many of the workers are still experiencing symptoms.

All 55 workers who tested positive were sent home to quarantine for two weeks, the official said. TGH also said every team member and patient are wearing masks and the hospital also screens everyone who comes into the facilities.

As of Thursday morning, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) reports more than 85,900 total coronavirus cases in the state and a death toll of more than 3,000. The Sunshine State once again set another single-day record for new coronavirus cases on Thursday, with 3,207. This was the fifth time in eight days a new record has been set, according to the Associated Press.

Here in Hillsborough County, DOH reports more than 4,500 cases and 557 hospitalizations as of Thursday. Across the Howard Frankland Bridge, Pinellas County is seeing more than 2,800 cases and 495 hospitalizations as of Thursday, according to DOH.