Florida death toll from COVID-19 passes 12K milestone

Jacksonville reports 9 more COVID-19 deaths; Florida passes 400,000 cases

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida has now surpassed 12,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus, according to data released by state health officials on Sunday. The milestone was reached after the state added 38 more people to the grim tally.

With more than 2,500 new cases reported Sunday, Florida has recorded more than 646,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic six months ago. Nearly 3,200 infected people were being treated in hospitals for the virus.

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The new deaths pushed the state's death toll to 12,001, with the average number of deaths over the past week at about 105 per day.

The Florida Health Department said it had received more than 56,000 test results on Saturday, with about 5% of those results positive for the virus. It was 25th consecutive day the positivity rate fell below 10%, health officials said.