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Your Wednesday Coronavirus Update: Florida Adds 1,930 New Cases

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Florida adds 1,930 cases

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

The Florida Department of Health reported 1,930 new cases and 175 deaths Wednesday. The cumulative case count is now 706,516.

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 14,488 people in Florida, including 171 non-residents.

The percent positive rate for new cases in the latest report was 5.02%. Percent positivity for new cases has ranged from 5.85% to 4.04% over the last 14 days. Some 41,335 Florida residents were tested Tuesday.

The Agency for Health Care Administration listed 2,085 people hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday, down from 2,420 people hospitalized Tuesday.

Hospitalizations have declined since they hit a peak in July when around 9,500 people were hospitalized with COVID-19.

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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 »