State reports 14K new COVID-19 cases, 174 additional deaths

The Florida Department of Health reported nearly 14,000 new cases of COVID-19 in its latest pandemic report released Wednesday.

The state since March has tallied 1,517,472 diagnoses, including for 27,324 out-of-state visitors. That’s an increase of 13,980 compared to the report released Tuesday, when the number climbed over 1.5 million for the first time.

That included 23,759 individuals who died with the coronavirus in their system, including another 174 deaths reported overnight. Of the total deaths , 363 were individuals not living in Florida, but who died here.

The positivity rate consistently stayed north of 10%. On Tuesday, 12.46% of tests reported to the state, 19,685 results out of 138,238 received, came back positive for COVID-19.

In fact, the lowest positivity rate for the past two weeks was 11.97% on New Year’s Day. The last time the Department of Health reported a positivity below 10%, the desired level for containing spread of the virus, was on Dec. 23 with infections spiking since Christmas.

Nearly a third of deaths among Florida residents have been age 85 or older, and about 83% of deaths were for those 65 or older.

Meanwhile, the state now reports 707,478 vaccines for

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