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Your Friday Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 14,000

Photo: CDC @cdc
Photo: CDC @cdc

COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 14,000

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Florida's death toll from COVID-19 has reached 14,083. The Florida Department of Health reported 13,915 Florida resident deaths from the virus and 168 non-resident deaths.

Some 2,847 new cases and 122 new deaths were reported Friday. The cumulative case count has reached 695,887.

In some Central Florida Counties, including Orange, Seminole, Brevard, Sumter and Lake, emergency room visits for influenza like illnesses are picking up, while ER visits for COVID-19 like illness are declining.

Other counties, including Volusia, Marion and Osceola, have seen declining ER visits for illnesses with both types of symptoms.

Statewide, hospitalizations with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 are declining. The Agency for Health Care Administration listed 2,138 people hospitalized with COVID-19 Friday.

Hospitalizations peaked at around 9,500 in late July.

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