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Your Wednesday Coronavirus Update: Cases Climb As Positivity Rate Ticks Up

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Cases rise as positivity rate ticks up

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

The Florida Department of Health reported an additional 5,719 new coronavirus cases and 52 new deaths from COVID-19 Wednesday.

Florida’s case count stands at 858,012, with 17,512 COVID-19 deaths.

The percent positivity for new cases was 7.82%.

Orange County continues to have the most coronavirus cases of any Central Florida county, with 49.752 cases since the beginning of the pandemic and 601 deaths from COVID-19.

Hospitalizations are climbing too. The Agency for Health Care Administration reported 3,056 people hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. Hospitalizations had fallen to the low 2,000s for the last few months after peaking around 9,000 in July.

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