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Record 2,783 new coronavirus cases in Florida, DeSantis attributes spike to testing

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TAMPA (WFLA) — The Florida Department of Health reported the largest spike of cases in a 24 hour period with nearly 2,800 new cases Tuesday.

The numbers released by state health officials Tuesday morning show a 2,783 case increase, bringing the total positive cases 80,109. The death count increased by 55, bringing the death toll to 2,993.

Hospitalizations reached 12,206 on Tuesday. That’s 191 more hospitalizations than were reported the previous day.

Florida has seen an increase of over 1,000 COVID-19 cases in 13 of the last 14 days. The first 2,000-plus case count was Saturday and was the highest spike the state had seen until Tuesday.

Despite that spike, Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state will not be shutting down again. He says the recent increase can be attributed to increased testing.

The state’s cumulative percent positive stands at 5.5%. A total of 1,461,297 people have been tested. Of those tests, 80,109 have been positive.

The percent positivity for new cases – the number of people who tested positive for the first time divided by all the people tested that day – was 7.46% on Monday. The total percent positive of all tests – including people who have been tested on multiple days – was 9.82% on Monday. State officials say a total of 35,477 tested negative and 3,863 tests came back positive that day.

The United States has eclipsed 2 million cases of the virus, with over 116,000 deaths. In total, the world has seen nearly 8 million cases, with over 430,000 deaths.

Here is a county-by-county breakdown of cases across Tampa Bay:

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Total Cases: 3,967
Deaths: 103
Hospitalizations: 543

PINELLAS COUNTY

Total Cases: 2,471
Deaths: 107
Hospitalizations: 475

SARASOTA COUNTY

Total Cases: 766
Deaths: 92
Hospitalizations: 173

MANATEE COUNTY

Total Cases: 1,473
Deaths: 116
Hospitalizations: 239

PASCO COUNTY

Total Cases: 549
Deaths: 16
Hospitalizations: 95

POLK COUNTY

Total Cases: 1,553
Deaths: 75
Hospitalizations: 383

HERNANDO COUNTY

Total Cases: 140
Deaths: 5
Hospitalizations: 28

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

Total Cases: 190
Deaths: 9
Hospitalizations: 44

CITRUS COUNTY

Total Cases: 152
Deaths: 12
Hospitalizations: 33

HARDEE COUNTY

Total Cases: 208
Deaths: 1
Hospitalizations: 25

For more information on coronavirus in Florida, visit the live DOH Dashboard here.

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