Florida’s COVID-19 positivity rate reaches highest level since mid-August

While the number of coronavirus cases are on the rise nationwide, Florida is experiencing an uptick in positivity rates that is beginning to match levels from the state’s summer COVID-19 resurgence.

For the second time this month, the state’s percent positivity rate was 8.3% Monday, the highest level since mid-August, the tail end of a resurgence that peaked in early July.

Meanwhile, officials made 4,353 more COVID-19 diagnoses since Monday’s report. As of Tuesday morning, the Department of Health shows that 852,174 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in Florida, including 11,522 people from out of state.

The death toll among residents rose 69 to 17,248 while another 212 nonresidents have died in the state.

The latest data includes cases detailed between Monday morning and Tuesday morning. For all day Monday, officials counted 4,316 cases among 56,648 residents tested. Among the new positives, the median age was 40.

For all but one day in the past 14 days, the percent positivity rate has been above 5%, an uptick over levels last month. Oct. 28 was the last day the positivity rate was below 5%, coming in just below that mark at 4.9%.

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