Florida coronavirus: State reports lowest percent positivity since June

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida recorded 6,352 coronavirus cases on Saturday and a percent positivity under 8%.

The death toll climbed by 204 Saturday bringing the total to 9,480. This includes 9,345 Floridians and 135 non-Florida residents. The state’s report does not mention the exact date of death, therefore the deaths announced Saturday may not be from the past 24 hours.

Statewide, a total of 569,637 people have tested positive for the virus, up 6,352 from Friday. The state has tallied under 10,000 cases for 21 consecutive days.

A total of 33,661 people have been hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.

Of the test results received Friday, 11% were positive. The state counted 10,549 positive results and 85,618 negative test results. This includes people who have been tested multiple times.

The percent positivity for new cases was 7.71% on Friday. 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.

The last time the percent positivity dropped below 8% was June 21.

Floridians in the 25 to 34 age group account for the largest percentage of cases throughout the state. There are 107,680 cases in that age group, 19% of the state’s total. Of those cases, 1,997 have been hospitalized and 64 have died.

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

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Total Cases:  33,901
Deaths: 460

PINELLAS COUNTY

Total Cases:  18,524
Deaths: 544

MANATEE COUNTY

Total Cases: 9,629
Deaths: 245

SARASOTA COUNTY

Total Cases: 6,598
Deaths: 173

POLK COUNTY

Total Cases: 15,259
Deaths: 358

PASCO COUNTY

Total Cases: 7,366
Deaths: 149

HERNANDO COUNTY

Total Cases: 2,186
Deaths: 60

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

Total Cases: 1,575
Deaths: 41

CITRUS COUNTY

Total Cases: 1,745
Deaths: 40

HARDEE COUNTY

Total Cases: 1,002
Deaths: 8

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

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