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Your Friday Coronavirus Update: Florida Reports More than 6,930 New COVID-19 Cases, 73 Deaths in Residents

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Florida Reports More Than 6,930 New COVID-19 Cases, 73 Deaths in Residents

Danielle Prieur, WMFE

The Florida Department of Health reported 6,933 new coronavirus cases and 73 new coronavirus-related deaths in residents on Friday.

That brings the total number of coronavirus cases in residents to 858,585 and the death toll to 17,445 people since the start of the pandemic.

More than 51,540 people have been hospitalized with the virus in the state.

Orange County continues to lead Central Florida with the most coronavirus cases, adding 311 new coronavirus cases today for a total of 50,446 residents who have gotten sick since mid-March.

Overall, the state has a positivity rate of 7.95 percent.

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Intersection: The Importance Of Latino Voters In Florida

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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 »