For the first time in eight weeks, barring two days with data irregularities, state health officials reported more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases in Florida on Saturday.
With 4,044 more cases identified since Friday’s report, 752,481 people have now tested positive for the coronavirus in the Sunshine State, including 9,463 non-Florida residents.
The latest data update includes cases detailed between Friday morning and Saturday morning. For all day Friday, officials counted 4,025 new cases among residents, the median age of whom was 38.
The Governor’s Office has noticed a recent uptick in the number of new positives. Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ communications director, Fred Piccolo, told Florida Politics that newly available rapid tests could be inspiring interest in testing. But he also acknowledged Phase Three and the full reopening of restaurants as probable factors driving an increase of cases.
The recent increase also comes after the state began initial talks on what level cases would need to drop the daily report’s frequency to weekly. Piccolo says there is no consensus yet and a decision is not imminent.
Officials also increased the death toll among residents by 87 to 15,917. At least one non-resident died, lifting the death toll