Florida coronavirus: State breaks daily record for new COVID-19 deaths

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida recorded another 276 resident fatalities from the coronavirus on Tuesday, the highest daily death count on record.

The state’s report does not mention the exact date of death, therefore the deaths announced Tuesday may not be from the past 24 hours. Statewide, 8,553 Florida residents and 132 non-Florida residents have died of the virus. The combined toll stands at 8,685 fatalities, according to the latest report from the health department’s website.

Florida reported another 5,831 infections on Tuesday, bringing the total number of known cases to 542,792. This is higher than yesterday when the state reported 4,155 new cases. The state has tallied under 10,000 cases for 17 consecutive days. Florida had a record 15,300 new cases on July 12. The deadliest day was July 31 when the state recorded 257 deaths.

Statewide, 6,767 people are hospitalized with COVID-19. The total number of hospitalizations to date are 31,354.

Of the test results received Monday, 14.7% were positive. The state counted 9,843 positive results and 57,119 negative test results. This includes people who have been tested multiple times.

The percent positivity for new cases was 10.3% on Monday. Percent positivity for new cases is the number of people who test PCR (nose swabs) or antigen-positive for the first time divided by all the people tested that day. That does not include people who already tested positive once and have been re-tested to see if they’re still infected.

Floridians in the 25 to 34 age group account for the largest percentage of cases throughout the state. There are 103,246 cases in that age group, 19% of the state’s total. Of those cases, 1,880 have been hospitalized and 59 have died.

Here’s a county-by-county breakdown of cases in the Tampa Bay area:

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Total Cases:  32,996
Deaths: 395
Hospitalizations: 1,408

PINELLAS COUNTY

Total Cases: 18,103
Deaths: 513
Hospitalizations: 1,737

MANATEE COUNTY

Total Cases: 9,395
Deaths: 234
Hospitalizations: 653

SARASOTA COUNTY

Total Cases: 6,314
Deaths: 162
Hospitalizations: 373

POLK COUNTY

Total Cases: 14,645
Deaths: 326
Hospitalizations: 1,456

PASCO COUNTY

Total Cases: 7,172
Deaths: 131
Hospitalizations: 564

HERNANDO COUNTY

Total Cases: 2,069
Deaths: 50
Hospitalizations: 266

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

Total Cases: 1,474
Deaths: 37
Hospitalizations: 163

CITRUS COUNTY

Total Cases: 1,594
Deaths: 37
Hospitalizations: 152

HARDEE COUNTY

Total Cases: 986
Deaths: 7
Hospitalizations: 88

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

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