Florida cases of COVID-19 reach beyond 77K

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Another 1,758 cases were reported since Sunday morning.

The Florida Department of Health reports more than 77,000 have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

Total cases now have reached 77,326 according to a Monday morning report.. That’s an increase of 1,758 since the state last released figures on Sunday.

A total of 3,030 have died in the state,, 2,938 of them Florida residents. That’s an increase of eight overnight, including one out-of-stater.

In total, 12,015 individuals have been hospitalized.

The cases comes after days of record-setting numbers of coronavirus, calling into question previous assertions that Florida had “flattened the curve.”

The Department of Health’s latest total of confirmed cases for Sunday, 1,807, moves the running five-day average to 1,922 cases per day. Epidemiologists prefer to track five-day averages because single-day numbers can be anomalies. A week ago, for June 7, the five-day average was 1,030 cases per day. A week before that, on May 31, the five-day average was 834.

In recent days, Florida has seen its total number of cases rocket past 75,000 as the death toll in the state exceeded 3,000.

State officials have been quick to point out that testing has stepped up significantly since the beginning of the pandemic. After Florida’s first case was reported on March 1, limited tests were only being used for symptomatic people with doctors’ directives. At this point, officials are encouraging even asymptomatic people to use testing sites around the state.

On Sunday, 32,324 test results came back, including 2,305 positives. That makes for a 6.72% positivity rate, a key metric in evaluating the spread of the pandemic. That’s a higher rate than the day before but a lower number of tests. On Saturday, there were50,405 test results that came in, of which 2,706, or 5.37%, were positive.

As has been the trend since the beginning of the crisis, the majority of those tested positive fall into older demographics. As of Monday at 10 a.m., 86% of all cases were for individuals age 65 and older. with 36% being those age 85 or older.

But the increases also come as Florida further reopens a variety of businesses following a month-long statewide stay-at-home order for most of April.

Most recently, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s Phase Two reopening as of June 5, 10 days ago. That included allowing 100% capacity at retailers and mass gatherings of 50 or less. It also allowed the reopening of bars and movie theaters, though some chains like AMC are still not opening locations.

At this point, all major theme parks except the ones at the Walt Disney World Resort have re-opened with a variety of capacity limits and face mask rules.

Regard for DeSantis’ containment plans for the virus, winning praise a couple weeks ago, has started to draw consternation and mockery among politics experts in the state, according to the most recent Florida Politics Florida Influencer Poll.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Sonja Fitch

    June 15, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Desantis a follower of the goptrump cult And does not give a shit! Stop now please!

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 16, 2020 at 4:32 am

    83000 is the real number. If you thought the goptrump cult was just a joke. 83000 is the real number. The goptrump cult leader trump demands their kneeling and worshipping even if they die . Stop the RNC! We will hit the 100000by July. Happy duffus Desantis !

  • PeterH

    June 16, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Florida’s economy is intrinsically linked to tourism and senior citizen retiree spending. Obviously both are absent.

    I’m not sure why all Floridians are not at least attempting to be more careful. This disease has not magically abated and it’s not a hoax. In so many ways ….. President Trump is a horrible role model for the spread of this tragic pandemic! Leadership and established social distancing norms should come from the top.

    Wear a face mask, social distance…. refrain from touching everything in your reach that others may have recently touched. This is not rocket science.

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