Florida adds nearly another 4K COVID-19 cases Monday

With coronavirus cases on the rise in Florida and daily diagnoses reaching new heights nationwide, state health officials counted 3,924 new COVID-19 cases in their Monday update.

Now 847,821 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, including 11,451 nonresidents. The Department of Health also confirmed 58 deaths since Sunday, raising the death toll among Florida residents to 17,179. In addition to the death toll, 212 nonresidents have also died in the state.

The latest data includes cases detailed between Sunday morning and Monday morning. For all day Sunday, officials counted 3,876 cases among residents from 52,427 individuals tested. Among the new positives, the median age was 39.

For all but one day in the past two weeks, the percent positivity rate has been above 5%. On Oct. 28, it was 4.9%. On Sunday, the rate was 8.1%, higher than all recent days apart from Friday, when 8.3% of results came back positive.

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

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