218 dead as coronavirus cases in Florida climb to 12,151

FDOH announces new positive cases related to COVID-19

Florida public health officials reported 606 new cases of coronavirus in the state Sunday morning.

The Florida Department of Health reports there are 12,151 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The death toll rose to 218.

The Florida DOH numbers do not show how many people have recovered from the virus. Department officials have declined to release that information after several requests from WKMG. Orange County health officer Dr. Raul Pino said coronavirus patients must test negative twice in 24 hours before leaving isolation.

On Saturday, Volusia County officials announced the county beaches could be used for exercise and other activities during the pandemic.

Officials in Volusia County said Saturday that the beaches remain “closed,” however, “in an effort to provide an outlet for physical exercise, Volusia County has issued the Fifth Directive of Emergency Measures relaxing the prohibition of certain exercise-related activities on the beach.”

According to a news release, beach areas are closed to all activities except walking, jogging, biking, fishing, surfing and swimming.

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