Florida broke 900,000 reported cases of COVID-19. And nearly 18,000 have died from the disease.
The state also reported 17,949 deaths, including 17,731 Florida residents felled by the coronavirus and another 218 out-of-state visitors who died from COVID-19 in the state. That’s a jump of 88 deaths from the last tally released by the state.
Three days in the last week, Florida saw more than 7,000 cases reported in a single day. The latest spike came as 104,996 tests came back on Tuesday, 9.71% of which were positive. That means the positivity rate has been above 5% for all of the past two weeks. The positivity rate Friday for just Florida residents was 8.16%.
The total number of recent hospitalizations has grown to 52,637.
The disease caused by the coronavirus continues to pose the greatest threat to older Floridians. About 5,644 of those who have died from COVID-19 in the state were age 85 and older. Among that age group, more than 1 in 4 testing positive