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Your Coronavirus Update For Tuesday: Florida Passes One Million Cases

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Florida passes one million case mark

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Florida reached a grim milestone today, surpassing one million coronavirus cases.

The Florida Department of Health reported 8,632 new cases, bringing the cumulative case total to 1,008,166. The state added 82 new COVID-19 fatalities, bringing the total to 18,916.

Florida is the third state to report more than one million cases. California has more than 1.2 million cases, while Texas has more than 1.16 million cases.

The positivity rate for new cases in Florida was 8.69%. It’s the fifth day in a row the positivity rate for new cases has increased.

The percent positivity for all residents tested Sunday was 10.5%.

The Agency for Health Care Administration listed 4,279 people hospitalized statewide with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, an increase from the day before.

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