TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida hit another grim milestone on Wednesday, adding 5,508 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, the highest number of cases reported in a single day.

The total number of cases Florida has reported since the beginning of the pandemic is now 109,014.

The health department reported 256 new hospitalizations and 44 new deaths on Wednesday morning. There have been 3,281 total deaths in Florida residents and 13,574 Floridians have been hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic.

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 — also increased. The percent positivity for new cases on Tuesday was 15.91%, the highest we’ve seen in at least two weeks. The previous high was 12.25%.

The total percent positive of all tests – including people who have been tested on multiple days – was 18.43% on Tuesday – also the highest we’ve seen in at least two weeks. The state says 29,642 negative test results were received while 6,697 people tested positive.

“Now they are testing more than they were, for sure, but they’re also testing positive at a higher rate than they were before,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. “So that would tell you, there’s probably been an escalation in transmission over the last seven to 10 days.”

According to the state report, there were 36,339 test results received on Tuesday. The rate of testing has stayed relatively consistent the past two weeks aside from one or two days that saw a higher number of results.

8 On Your Side has heard from many Floridians who say they are having trouble getting tested as the demand for testing increases along with the number of cases.

The number of cases reported per day steadily increased last week before dipping on Sunday. The daily number of cases started climbing again on Monday.

The state also started releasing the median age of cases by day in its daily report this week. The median age on Tuesday was 33, slightly lower than Monday’s median age of 35. Tampa Bay area counties have reported an upward trend in young adults testing positive for the virus.

According to DeSantis, a similar trend is being seen in counties throughout the state.

“What we’ve seen, particularly over the last week, is a real explosion in new cases among our younger demographics,” he said. “When we started this in March, the median age of people who tested positive was – I think – 65. As the testing ramped up, that went into the 50s. But it was pretty much in the 50s for most of the time and then just recently has really plunged.”

The state report released Wednesday shows Floridians in the 25 – 34 age range account for the largest percentage of cases. A total of 20,092 people in that age group have tested positive – 19% of the state’s total. Of those cases, 803 people have been hospitalized and 18 have died.

“The folks in that age group, unless they have a really serious underlying condition, do not suffer the same types of clinical consequences,” DeSantis said.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown across Tampa Bay as of Tuesday (number of hospitalizations is cumulative):


Total Cases: 6,892
Deaths: 121
Hospitalizations: 589


Total Cases: 4,323
Deaths: 132
Hospitalizations: 575


Total Cases: 1,061
Deaths: 95
Hospitalizations: 188


Total Cases: 2,116
Deaths: 127
Hospitalizations: 253


Total Cases: 1,073
Deaths: 17
Hospitalizations: 111


Total Cases: 2,438
Deaths: 80
Hospitalizations: 427


Total Cases: 212
Deaths: 5
Hospitalizations: 29


Total Cases: 268
Deaths: 10
Hospitalizations: 56


Total Cases: 219
Deaths: 12
Hospitalizations: 35


Total Cases: 329
Deaths: 2
Hospitalizations: 34

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