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:
Total Cases: 3,967
Total Cases: 2,471
Total Cases: 766
Total Cases: 1,473
Total Cases: 549
Total Cases: 1,553
Total Cases: 140
Total Cases: 190
Total Cases: 152
Total Cases: 208
For more information on coronavirus in Florida, visit the live DOH Dashboard here.
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