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Your Coronavirus Update For Tuesday: State Adds Nearly 8,000 New Cases

Image: Florida Department of Health
Image: Florida Department of Health

Florida adds nearly 8,000 new cases

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Florida added 7,842 new coronavirus cases and 98 new deaths Tuesday. The state has reported 1,073,770 coronavirus infections since March. Some 19,627 people have died from COVID-19.

Hospitalizations for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 have ticked up to 4,558 statewide, according the Agency for Health Care Administration, still well below the peak last summer.

The positivity rate for new cases among Florida residents was 7.92%.

More than 60,000 cases have been reported in Orange County, which has the most of any county in Central Florida.

The county added 579 cases Tuesday, bringing the total to 60,291. Some 642 people have died from COVID-19 in Orange County.

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