221 dead as coronavirus cases in Florida climb to 12,350

FDOH announces new positive cases related to COVID-19

Medical workers wearing equipment to protect themselves from coronavirus bring a patient to St Thomas' Hospital in Westminster in London, Monday, April 6, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) (Frank Augstein, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

As of Sunday evening, the Florida Department of Health reports there are 12,350 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The death toll is now at 221.

Compared to the last time an update was released hours earlier at 11 a.m., there are 199 more cases and three more deaths.

Thus far, 116,898 coronavirus tests have been administered statewide, about 10.6% of which were positive.

The Florida DOH numbers do not show how many people have recovered from the virus. Department officials have declined to release that information after several requests from News 6. Orange County health officer Dr. Raul Pino said coronavirus patients must test negative twice in 24 hours before leaving isolation.

[RELATED: Gov. DeSantis: Rapid tests, travel checkpoints now part of Florida’s fight against coronavirus]

As of Sunday evening, here’s a county-by-county breakdown in Central Florida:

CountyConfirmed CasesHospitalizationsDeaths

According to FDOH data, Miami-Dade County tops the state with 4,146 cases followed by Broward County with 1,886, next is Palm Beach County with 1,000 patients followed by Orange County’s 713.

On Saturday, Volusia County officials announced the county beaches could be used for exercise and other activities during the pandemic.

Officials in Volusia County said Saturday that the beaches remain “closed,” however, “in an effort to provide an outlet for physical exercise, Volusia County has issued the Fifth Directive of Emergency Measures relaxing the prohibition of certain exercise-related activities on the beach.”

According to a news release, beach areas are closed to all activities except walking, jogging, biking, fishing, surfing and swimming.

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