Florida adds 5,838 COVID-19 cases, 52 deaths

State health officials confirmed 5,838 new coronavirus infections and 52 deaths among residents tied to the virus in a report released Wednesday.

Now 858,012 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, including 11,691 nonresidents. The new deaths raised the death toll to 17,300, but an additional 212 nonresidents have also died in the state.

The latest data includes cases detailed between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning. For all day Tuesday, the Department of Health counted 5,719 cases from 79,635 residents tested. Among the new positives, the median age was 40.

For 13 consecutive days, the percent positivity rate has been above 5%, topping 8% on three of the last seven days. The rate Tuesday was 7.8%, a slight decline from 8.3% the day prior.

Some experts say a community should maintain rates below 5% for 14 days before reopening services like schools.

For weeks, the Governor’s Office has acknowledged an uptick in the number of new positives, but Gov. Ron DeSantis has emphasized that Florida will keep its reopening course. Before the uptick in positivity rates, the Governor’s communications director, Fred Piccolo, told Florida Politics that newly available rapid tests could be inspiring interest in testing. But he also

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