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Florida logs another 8,530 COVID-19 cases

Total is down slightly from Saturday, but positive test rate is up

Another 8,560 people have come down with COVID-19 in Florida, marking the third consecutive day of at least 8,000 new cases being identified statewide, according to the latest state reports on the coronavirus pandemic.

That brings Florida’s total to 141,075 total cases of the disease since the coronavirus outbreak began in March, with more than 40,000 of those cases being confirmed just in the past six days, according to the latest COVID-19 report released Sunday morning by the Florida Department of Health.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has called a press conference Sunday afternoon in Pensacola to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak, which continues at previously unseen levels over the past week.

The latest count of new cases was lower than the record 9,585 tallied in Saturday’s report, and previous record 8,942 reported confirmed on Friday. But prior to Friday there never had been 6,000 confirmed cases reported in a single day in Florida.

At the same time, the positive-test rate ticked up slightly across the state in Sunday’s report, compared with Saturday’s. In the batch of 71,195 coronavirus test results that were returned on Saturday, 13.9% came back positive for the virus. In Saturday’s report, covering Friday’s batch, 11.3% of 78,345 results were positive.

Saturday was the sixth consecutive day that at least 10% of the test results were positive, and the 11th time in the past 12 days.

The latest report says that another 29 people have died in Florida of COVID-19, bringing the diseases’s death toll in the state to 3,419. Another 108 people had to be hospitalized in Florida, according to the report.

The outbreak continued to be worst in a handful of Florida’s biggest counties: those with Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

In Miami-Dade County, 2,152 new cases were counted in Sunday’s report, bringing the county’s total to 33,714.

In Orange County, 834 new cases were counted, bringing the county’s total to 9,671 cases in four months.

Hillsborough’s caseload increased by 788 cases in the new report, to a total of 9,918.

Duval County added 740 new cases in the latest report, giving it 5,588 total.

Broward County added 574 new cases; Palm Beach County, 461; and Pinellas County, 307.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Sonja Fitch

    June 28, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Florida number I covid cases for 72 hours. Duval number 1 covid cases. Damn makes ya proud Desantis and looting Lenny. You have reached criminal negligence together! Meanwhile traitor trump and Rubio knew Putin had bounties on our troop! Dear god have mercy on these sick goptrump white men!

    • Sonja Fitch

      June 29, 2020 at 6:40 am

      Truth and facts scare the hell of arrogant white men!

  2. Marconi

    June 28, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Once again, the resident village buffoon lets her fingers to the talking and speaks like a low IQ fool.

    Unless you are wearing a “FRESH” N95 mask you are simply standing behind a screen door.

    Now while sonja does speak like a fool, we all have our god given freedoms. You have the freedom to stay home and not go into a crowded public place if you choose not to wear a mask.

    Likewise you have the freedom to be a good citizen and wear an N95 mask in public.

    Despite the hysteria about the “numbers” being up, according to the CDC and NPR (both known for not being conservative leaning) the median age of new positives here in Florida is 35. The fatality rate is way down. At this point in time less than 1.5%. It is very apparent that the young handle this virus much better then those 70 and above.

    This tells us that we have done a good job of protecting the must vulnerable. Let’s continue to protect those most at risk, while at the same time living our lives using the best practices. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and let’s stop pretending all the protests/riots of the past month have nothing to do with this increase in new cases.

    Sonja, please add something constructive to the dialog, or forever hold your breath.

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