ORLANDO, Fla.– The Florida Department of Health reported 12,478 new positive coronavirus cases on Sunday.
The new cases bring Florida’s total number of COVID-19 cases since the virus was first detected in the Sunshine State in early March to 350,047.
The state is now also reporting the number of currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients through the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration dashboard. As of Sunday morning, 9,293 people were receiving treatment at medical facilities across the state due to complications from the novel coronavirus. A total of 20,971 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Florida since the start of the pandemic, numbers show.
According to the FDOH, 89 new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in the latest batch of data. On July 1, the Florida Department of Health began reporting resident and non-resident deaths as separate categories. The state reported a total of 4,982 resident deaths and 109 non-resident deaths in Florida on Sunday, for a cumulative total of 5,091 deaths since the pandemic began.
With the latest batch of numbers from the health department, Florida’s daily positivity rate, which is the number of new positive cases compared to those tested on a given day, stood at 11.85% Sunday.
In the most recent round of numbers, Flagler County reported its highest increase for positive cases in a 24-hour period with 38 new cases of COVID-19. The county’s previous record was 28 reported on July 15. Marion County tied its record for single-day increases reporting 164 new cases on Sunday, the same number of cases it reported on July 15.
Polk County shattered its record for single-day increases with 494 new cases reported Sunday. Its last record of 405 new cases was posted on July 10. The county also posted its highest one-day increase of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Sunday with 22 new coronavirus patients. Its previous record of 16 was set on July 7 and tied on Saturday.
The new numbers come one day after several Central Florida counties reported record numbers of new COVID-19 deaths.
On Saturday, Orange County set a new record for deaths reported in a single day with 14 deaths. Its previous high was nine deaths reported on July 15. Marion County also set a new record Saturday, reporting eight new deaths, compared to its previous record of three set on July 10. Polk County reported 12 deaths Saturday. Their previous high was 10 on July 14. Seminole County also set a new high with eight COVID-related deaths. The county’s previous high was three.
Ranked 25th, Florida currently ranks in the top half of the nation for COVID-19 deaths per capita, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. The state hit a record last week with 133 deaths reported on Tuesday, then quickly broke that record with 156 deaths reported Thursday. There were 130 deaths reported Friday, making last week Florida’s deadliest since the COVID-19 outbreak began.
Also last week, Florida reported more than 83,000 cases statewide, the state’s worst week on record since the pandemic began. More than 10,000 cases were reported six out of seven days last week.
Source: Click Orlando