Florida coronavirus: State reports 1,948 new coronavirus cases as overall total nears 710K

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida reported 1,948 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, according to the latest figures on the health department’s website.

There are now 706,516 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The health department also reported 172 new deaths on Wednesday. The Florida resident death toll stands at 14,315.

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There were 253 new hospitalizations. The state has counted 44,108 hospitalizations since the pandemic began.

New cases reported (706,516 total):

Wednesday: 1,948 Tuesday: 3,266 Monday: 738 Sunday: 1,882 Saturday: 2,795

Percent positive: 6.35%

The health department says it received 44,812 test results from labs across the state on Tuesday. Of all the test results received, 6.35% were positive. This includes people who have been tested multiple times.

Tuesday: 6.35% Monday: 6.67% Sunday: 5.37% Saturday: 5.34% Friday: 5.47% DeSantis unveils rapid COVID tests shipped to states by federal government

Percent positivity: 5.03%

The percent positivity for new cases was 5.03% on Tuesday. 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

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