Florida repeats 9,085 new COVID-19 cases; 79 deaths

For the second day in a row, state health officials confirmed 9,085 new COVID-19 diagnoses and 79 deaths tied to the coronavirus in Florida.

On Wednesday, the Sunshine State crossed 900,000 total COVID-19 cases. With Friday’s update, 923,418 people have tested positive in Florida, including 13,353 nonresidents.

Friday’s update increased the death toll to 17,810 dead Floridians. Another nonresident also died for a total of 221 nonresidents who have died with COVID-19 in the state.

Thursday and Friday’s jumps in new cases followed reported 10,000 diagnoses on Sunday, which was the largest spike since July.

The latest data includes cases detailed between Thursday morning and Friday morning. For all day Thursday, officials counted 8,884 cases from 128,930 residents tested. Among the new positives, the median age was 40.

On Wednesday, 8,961 tested positive from 131,713 residents tested, also with a median age of 40.

The increase in cases come as some parts of the nation experience a surge. Earlier this month, the U.S. surpassed 10 million cases of COVID-19. Texas became the first state to record a million infections and California surpassed that milestone shortly after. At the current rate, Florida could reach that grim milestone within a few weeks.

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