Health officials count 9K new COVID-19 cases, 78 deaths in Florida

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Nearly 424,000 people have tested positive in the state.

State health officials on Sunday reported 9,344 new COVID-19 cases and 78 fatalities tied to the disease as the death toll continues to accelerate in Florida.

Those deaths, confirmed since Saturday morning, include 77 Floridians and one non-resident who died in the state. In all, 5,854 residents have died, as have 118 non-residents.

The 7-day average of daily confirmed resident deaths increased throughout last week, but the new death toll reported Sunday shows a slight reversal for that growing average. Health officials typically report fewer fatalities on Sundays and Monday, days that mostly account for weekend findings, but officials counted 10 fewer resident deaths on Sunday than they did a week before.

The record single-day death toll in Florida is 173, set Thursday. The 7-day average of daily deaths is now 125, down one.

Diagnoses remain high despite Gov. Ron DeSantis and health officials saying they see positive trends in parts of the state. With Sunday’s update, 423,855 people have tested positive in the state, including 418,844 residents.

Both the Governor and health experts have said the disease’s spread has plateaued, pointing to the declining positivity rate for people who are possible new positive cases. Jumps in the caseload have corresponded with jumps in testing as the state routinely tests more than 100,000 people per day.

The downward trend continued Saturday, when 11.1% of people tested positive, below the week’s daily average 12.3%.

Nearly 3.4 million individuals have been tested in Florida, including 94,772 people whose results came back Saturday. That’s down from the record 142,962 individuals set July 11.

The new diagnoses cover residents and non-residents confirmed positive Saturday morning to Sunday morning. For all day Saturday, the state diagnosed 9,338 positive residents.

Among those individuals, the median age was 41, a consistent mark for the metric over recent weeks. That age plummeted from the 50s to the mid-30s as the virus spread throughout late May and early June.

Along with fatalities, daily hospitalizations saw a smaller increase Sunday. Officials listed 334 new hospitalizations in the latest report, pushing the total count of Floridians hospitalized to 24,064.

Even as hospitalizations are on the rise, hospitals are discharging patients faster than they enter. Currently 8,921 people are hospitalized, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration down 53 in the last 24 hours. That followed a decrease of 236 over the previous 24 hours.


Editor’s note on methodology: The Florida Department of Health releases new data every morning around 10:45 a.m. The total number reported in those daily reports include the previous day’s totals as well as the most up to date data as of about 9:30 a.m.

Florida Politics uses the report-over-report increase to document the number of new cases each day because it represents the most up-to-date data available. Some of the more specific data, including positivity rates and demographics, considers a different data set that includes only cases reported the previous day.

This is important to note because the DOH report lists different daily totals than our methodology to show day-over-day trends. Their numbers do not include non-residents who tested positive in the state and they only include single-day data, therefore some data in the DOH report may appear lower than what we report.

Our methodology was established based on careful consideration among our editorial staff to capture both the most recent and accurate trends.

Staff Reports


  • Sonja Fitch

    July 26, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Omg we are number 2 in positve cases of trump virus!!!!’ Omg Florida will be number 1 by next Saturday! If California shuts down Florida will be number 1 in positve trumpvirus ! Duffus Desantis shut down Florida NOW! Our children have to have a solid 14 day decline to get back to school! The education employees have to have a solid 14 day decline!

    • DisplacedCTYankee

      July 26, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      Note to headline writer:

      A Covid-19 death is not a “fatality.” It’s a DEATH. A fatality is the result of an accident.

      Then again, a Covid-19 death could be thought of as an accident of the Electoral College putting President Shithead in the White House. And of Floriduh voters putting Gov DeMAGA in as governor.

    • Alex

      July 26, 2020 at 2:47 pm

      You’re either a troll, or somebody with extremely low IQ (intelligence)

      This is a hoax. The more positive cases we have, the lower the death rate goes and the highest the survival rate goes. This virus is extremely weak, just like a cold. The death rate is INCREDIBLY low. The virus won’t go anywhere, people must develop immunity whether is now or later. If you eat healthy you will be perfectly fine. Lay down the pipe and the glass and eat healthy clean organic food.

      • Joe Fatala

        July 26, 2020 at 3:35 pm

        What a typical response from a Russian trollbot. The first step is to denigrate the poster as less than human then to post incomplete, unverified “evidence” that is designed to further attack someone with more vitriol. Then the bot will completly ignore any real evidence while spouting useless blah blah blah to try to pull your attention away from what’s really happening. Make no mistake, more people in Florida ARE DYING AND WILL CONTINUE TO DIE because of the inept response of Trumpbot De Santis.

        • Alex.

          July 26, 2020 at 4:04 pm

          Another retard, with a sore butt.

          Let us “attempt” to use logic with your kind.
          Is there a virus? YES
          Is the death rate low? YES, EXTREMELY LOW.
          Is the survival rate high? YES, EXTREMELY HIGH.
          Do we know now who is at risk and vulnerable? YES.
          Is is safe to completely open the economy? ABSOLUTELY. The bulk of the work force is absolutely safe, those vulnerable and at risk should be recommended to stay home.

          You cannot force anybody to wear masks or any of that garbage. “pro-choice” remember that? sounds familiar sunshine? PRO-CHOICE. Every individual is free to decide what to do with their bodies. If somebody decides to not wear a mask, is his/her freedom of choice. Do you get worried? walk away from at person. Are you afraid? Stay home. You are free to stay home with hot cocoa and play-doh. Just dont force omg others your stupidity and mental retardation.

          This is all a HOAX. If you go to the ER with an ankle sprain, they will test you in the process. If you’re positive, they will put you down in the statistics as hospitalized with china virus. PROVE ME WRONG. If I die in a car accident (you wish), they will test me in the autopsy. If Im positive, They will put me down as dead by china virus. PROVE ME WRONG.

          Wanna keep talking about evidence? Our greatest President Trump brought us a drug nothing less than miraculous. Called Hydroxychloroquine. THERE IS NOT A SINGLE CASE of patients treated with HCQ who have died. NOT A SINGLE ONE. All anecdotal evidence, patients polled or family members, declare the drug to be nothing less than a miracle. Yet, your kind has come up with FAKE BOGUS “studies” showing that is extremely dangerous which is FALSE. The drug has been out in the market for 60 years, studied and researched to be extremely safe.

          I cordially invite you to bring me ONE case. JUST ONE, of a patient who died while treated with HCQ. A real case, not one of those FAKE such as that study in the VA in which there are no names, no families to fact check, nothing. Bring me one case with name, last name and family contact to verify.

          Thank you sweetheart.

          • Joe Fatala

            July 26, 2020 at 4:14 pm

            So typical. Denigrate, deny, distract. Nothing more than a canned response with no link to reality.

          • jon

            July 26, 2020 at 6:29 pm

            Well said Alex! The people are retarded over this nonsense!

  • Joe Fatala

    July 26, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Congratulations to all Florida residents on your great accomplishments in promoting the spread of the pandemic. Your governer has NO REGARD for your lives and continues to blindly follow the Sociopath in Chief in the White house, who also has no regard for your lives and pays no attention to the facts, making up his own version of the universe around him. You’re on the way to being America’s leader in promoting disease and death.

    DeSantis relies primarily on the advice of his wife, Casey, a former television reporter and host, and his chief of staff, Shane Strum, a former hospital executive. The response — which DeSantis boasted weeks ago was among the best in the nation — has quickly sunk Florida into a deadly morass. Nearly 5,800 Floridians have now died of covid-19, the disease caused by the virus — more deaths than were suffered in combat by Americans in Afghanistan or Iraq after 2001. One out of every 52 Floridians has been infected with the virus. The state’s intensive care units are being pushed to the brink with over capacity. Florida’s unemployment system is overwhelmed, and its tourism industry is a shambles.

  • Alex

    July 26, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    As expected, no arguments. It is widely known that every time you confront a libtard with reason and logic, they collapse. Therefore they use violence to force their way in an anarchist marxist way. Ain’t happening. Liberalism is mental disorder based on imbalanced brain activity product of traumatic experiences drugs or alcohol. Lberalism is a twisted distorted perception of reality, but it has a cure.

    • Joe Fatala

      July 26, 2020 at 4:38 pm

      Some suggestions to help you out:
      1. Put on a lip mask.
      2. Lie on a bed of crystals.
      3. Wear a dress made of crystals.
      5. Hit the bottle.
      6. Get really high.
      Hope this helps

      • Alex

        July 26, 2020 at 4:42 pm

        Awwww. I am “offended” perhaps I should call obama to defend me and I should somehow “defund” you?

        No in reality I am laughing. Still, this DOES NOT change the fact that your kind have no valid arguments based on reason and logic. It is just a mental derangement, is all emotional and senseless.

        • joe fatala

          July 26, 2020 at 4:50 pm

          Well just another baseless “fact” with the only purpose to follow the plan to disrupt, deny, distract and draw people into a morass of pseudointellectual circular arguments. . Can you not develop a more cogent response?

          • Alex

            July 26, 2020 at 4:57 pm

            Mr. Fatality,

            Playing with semantics WILL NOT change the fact that you have no valid argument. You suffer from something called “Trump derangement syndrome”

            You know when little kids see a toy in the store and they are like “mom, I want that toy” and mom says “no, not today” then the kid starts crying and screaming and making a huge public scandal yelling “I want that toy now” Until finally mom has no other option to end that scandal than buying the damn toy to the kid.

            Your kind is like that. It is a psychological illness. Again, due to traumatic experiences in life, drugs or alcohol. Sometimes also caused by corruption. Many of you blue kind in power are there for money, keeping their tokens in eternal poverty to keep the cycle of election going. When elections come they offer a glass of milk and they blame the rich white man as the root cause of all their problems. And the ignorant swallow the coolaid.

            Again, you have no valid arguments. No facts, no science, no evidence. You points are empty. You are better off voluntarily walking to the other side of the wall.

  • joe fatala

    July 26, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Oh Alex, my poor Alex (if that’s your real name and if you really exist or are just a figment of some intellectually challenged city in Argentina, to the west of Buenos Aires ) who does things for reasons that make no objective sense, things that can be decoded only by obsessive superfans on long Reddit threads, please, please seek therapy.

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