Florida reports nearly 28K COVID-19 cases over the weekend

State health officials reported 27,758 new COVID-19 diagnoses this weekend, continuing a steep climb of recent cases that began after the holiday season.

Saturday’s report brought 15,445 cases while Sunday’s update included 12,313 new positives. Overall, 1,477,010 people have tested positive in Florida, including 26,390 nonresidents, according to the Department of Health.

Officials have tied 23,261 deaths in Florida to the coronavirus, including 139 reported Saturday and 111 reported Sunday.

Through early Sunday morning, 558,326 people have been vaccinated, including 38,409 people who have received their booster shot.

Of the 12,307 new cases confirmed Saturday, the latest day with complete data available, the median age was 40. From the 137,935 residents tested, the positivity rate declined slightly to 10.4%.

That was down slightly from Friday when the confirmed 15,049 positives from 162,473 residents tested. The median age was 40 and the positivity rate was 10.8%.

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

With the nation just past the Holidays, Gov. Ron DeSantis warned that numbers of new infections could jump in Florida and nationwide. However, he contends the state has taken the right steps to

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