Florida coronavirus: State reports 15,445 new cases, 338 new hospitalizations

TAMPA (WFLA) – The Florida Department of Health reported over 15,000 new cases of coronavirus Saturday afternoon, making it the fifth-highest single-day increase the state has reported since the beginning of the pandemic.

Earlier in the week, the state shattered the single-day increase back-to-back, reporting 19,816 new cases on Thursday and 17,783 new cases on Wednesday.

New cases reported (1,464,697 total since start of pandemic):

Saturday: 15,445 Friday: 19,530 Thursday: 19,816 Wednesday: 17,783 Tuesday: 15,431

Percent positive:

The Florida Department of Health said it received 162,481 PCR or antigen lab results from across the state on Friday. Of those tests, the state says 12.60% were positive.

Percent positive includes people who have been tested multiple times for the virus but a person is only counted once each day, even if multiple results are received for them.

Friday: 12.60% Thursday: 13.19% Wednesday: 13.15% Tuesday: 14.26% Monday: 14.33%

Percent positivity: 

The percent positivity for new cases was 10.79% on Friday.

Percent positivity for new cases is the number of people who test PCR (nose swabs) or antigen-positive for the first time divided by all the people tested that day. That does not include people who already tested positive once and have been re-tested

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