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Your Tuesday Coronavirus Update: Florida Adds More Than 3,000 New Cases; Positivity Rate Ticks Up

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Florida Adds More Than 3,000 New Cases; Positivity Rate Ticks Up

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

The Florida Department of Health reported 3,266 new cases Tuesday, a jump from Monday’s report which saw 810 cases added. The cumulative case count is now 704,568, after passing the 700,000 mark on Sunday.

The DOH reported 110 new deaths. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 14,313 people in Florida, including 170 non-residents.

The percent positive rate for new cases in the latest report was 5.01%, compared to 4.22% the day before. Percent positivity for new cases has ranged from 5.85% to 4.04% over the last 14 days. Some 70,893 Florida residents were tested Monday.

The Agency for Health Care Administration listed 2,420 people as hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, an increase from last week.

On Friday 2,138 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. Hospitalizations hit a peak in July with around 9,500 people in hospital with COVID-19.

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About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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