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Your Friday Coronavirus Update: Florida Reports More Than 5,240 New Coronavirus Cases

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Florida reports more than 5,240 new coronavirus cases on Friday 

Danielle Prieur, WMFE 

The Florida Department of Health reported 5,245 new coronavirus cases and 53 new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday.

That brings the total number of resident cases to 821,526 and the death toll in residents to 17,014 people since the start of the pandemic.

Orange County continued to lead Central Florida with the most coronavirus cases, adding 307 new cases for a total of 48,322 residents who have gotten sick since mid-March.

Statewide the positivity rate is at 6.36 percent.

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Danielle Prieur

About Danielle Prieur

Reporter & Fill-in Host

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, ... Read Full Bio »