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Your Wednesday Coronavirus Update: 9,000 New Cases Added

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Florida adds 9,000 new cases

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Florida added 9,442 new coronavirus cases and 89 new deaths Tuesday. The state has reported 1,083,362 coronavirus infections since March. Some 19,716 people have died from COVID-19.

The Agency for Health Care Administration reported 4,559 hospitalizations for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.

The positivity rate for new cases among Florida residents was 86.4%. The percentage of Florida residents who tested positive for coronavirus is 10.83%.

Orange County added 791 new cases- the highest daily tally of new cases in the last 14 days- and 10 new fatalities.

Orange County has seen 61,055 coronavirus cases since March, and 652 people have died from COVID-19. Some 214 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

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Facebook Bans Debunked Claims About COVID-19 Vaccines

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Like many people, I’ve spent the lockdown months looking for distractions. But even as I enjoyed watching Inspector Morse solve murder after murder in Oxford, what I want to highlight about 2020 are some books, films and TV shows that didn’t simply distract me but delved into enduring questions of freedom, dignity and survival. Read more here.




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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

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 earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »