Florida adds 10K new COVID-19 diagnoses for first time since July

For the first time since late July, state health officials confirmed more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day’s report Sunday as the pandemic continues to resurge in Florida.

Since the Department of Health released its Saturday coronavirus report, officials confirmed 10,105 new diagnoses in the Sunshine State. Overall, 885,201 people have tested positive in Florida, including 12,391 nonresidents.

The last time officials increased the state’s caseload by 10,000 was July 25, when 12,199 individuals were confirmed positive. At that point, 414,511 people had contracted the virus in Florida.

Officials Sunday also confirmed 29 deaths, raising the state’s death toll to 17,518 Floridians. One nonresident also died, for a total of 216 deaths from out of state.

The latest data includes cases detailed between Saturday morning and Sunday morning. For the entire day Saturday, DOH counted 9,928 cases from 146,093 residents tested, a high mark in daily testing. Among the new positives, the median age was 38.

For 17 days straight, the positivity rate has topped 5%, marking an increase in infection rates. After Friday’s 9.9% rate, revised from 9.95%, Saturday saw a 7.6% positivity rate.

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