Florida adds 3,449 COVID-19 cases, 94 deaths Friday

State health officials reported 3,449 new COVID-19 cases in Florida in an update Thursday from the Department of Health.

Overall, 748,437 people have been diagnosed with the disease in the state. That includes 9,387 non-residents.

Officials also confirmed 94 more resident deaths Thursday, raising the death toll to 15,830 Floridians. Two hundred non-Floridians have died in the state.

The latest data update includes cases detailed between Thursday morning and Friday morning. For all day Thursday, officials counted 3,423 new cases among residents, the median age of whom was 38.

Four of the previous 14 days have seen percent positivity rates above 5%, including one day with an error that caused duplicate data. Some experts say a community should maintain rates below 5% for 14 days before reopening services like schools.

On Thursday, the percent positivity rate was just below 4.4%, and the seven-day average was 4.8%.

But Gov. Ron DeSantis has instead shifted the state’s focus on hospital visits with symptoms related to COVID-19. The week of Sept. 27, medical professionals reported 4,137 visits, a 12th consecutive week of decline.

But for the first time since the week of July 5, when visits peaked at 15,999,

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