Florida records 6,820 new COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported 6,820 more COVID-19 cases in the Sunshine State, raising the state’s COVID-19 count to 843,897 cases.

State health officials also reported 21 new COVID-19 related deaths within the latest 24-hour reporting period. According to the DOH, 17,121 Florida residents have died while infected with the novel coronavirus. Another 212 nonresidents have also died in the state.

Notably, COVID-19 cases and deaths reported by state health officials can sometimes be reported days or weeks later.

New cases, meanwhile, have increased across the country, particularly in the Midwest, and the nation has seen record-setting days for new infections. According to the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the United States is managing over 9.9 million COVID-19 cases and recorded 237,425 COVID-19 related deaths as of Sunday.

In Florida, the median age of COVID-19 cases is 40-years-old.

Meanwhile, Gov. Ron DeSantis has shifted the state’s data focus away from the raw count and percent positivity rates, instead, pointing to hospital visits with symptoms related to COVID-19 as his preferred metric.

As of Sunday, 2,777 people are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. The latest reporting period showed an increase

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