Florida snapped a string of four consecutive record-setting days of COVID-19 reported deaths but still reached a grim milestone Saturday, surpassing 7,000 coronavirus-related fatalities.
The state Department of Health verified 179 COVID-19 deaths Saturday, bringing Florida’s total to 7,022 since the pandemic began.
In July, the state verified 3,338 deaths of residents related to COVID-19. That’s an average of nearly 108 per day or 4.5 per hour for the month. Entering July, Florida had reported a total of 3,550 COVID-19 deaths from March through June.
The state’s seven-day average for reported deaths increased to a record-high of 177.9 Saturday, more than four times the average on July 1 (38.4).
The number of new COVID-19 cases increased by 9,642 Saturday, marking the 25th consecutive day the state has recorded more than 8,000 new cases. However, the state has recorded seven straight days with fewer than 10,000 new cases, the first time that’s happened since June 25-July 1.
Florida has counted a total of 480,028 cases since the pandemic began.
The number of Florida residents hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 26,972 since the pandemic began. The Department of Health notes the total figure is cumulative and does not reflect the number of COVID-19 patients currently in hospitals.
Here’s a breakdown of the latest numbers in Florida:
- Total cases: 480,028
- Deaths of Florida residents: 7,022
- Hospitalizations: 26,972
- Total tests: 3,684,875
- Positive: 480,028
- Negative: 3,199,415
- % positive: 13.03%
- Inconclusive: 5,432
- Awaiting testing: 3,409
Deaths in long-term care facilities
- Total: 3,024
Top 5 cities with confirmed cases
- Miami: 74,962
- Orlando: 22,60
- Jacksonville: 19,649
- Tampa: 17,894
- Hialeah: 17,810
View yesterday’s report.
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