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Your Friday coronavirus updates: More than 25,000 Floridians have died with COVID-19; Lake County plans second doses; Seminole cancels text alerts

 More than 25,000 Floridians have died with COVID-19 As of today, more than 25,000 Floridians have died with COVID-19. The state added 272 residents to its death toll — and five non-residents. The number of new cases in Florida rose each day this week. The Florida Department of Health reported 13,719 new cases from Thursday. Orange County added 36 deaths in today’s coronavirus report. So far 893 county residents have died. Statewide the test positive rate was 12.4 percent on Thursday. It was above 11 percent throughout Central Florida. Sumter County was the region’s worst with 17.7 percent of new test results coming back positive. Osceola was next with 17.1 percent. About one and quarter million people have received …
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Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Election Security

Seminole County is taking measures to beef up voter security measures ahead of the primaries at the end of August. Mike Ertel says the county is placing a “cyber moat” to prevent any infiltration. Ertel joins us to talk about the specific measures that are being placed and what voters can expect this coming election season.
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