Coronavirus cases rise above 19,000 on Easter Sunday

Since Friday, Florida has seen over 1,000 new cases

A sign displaying Easter Sunday services to be streamed online amid coronavirus pandemic. (WPLG)

As of Sunday morning, the Florida Department of Health reports there are 19,347 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

On Sunday, the FDOH reported 452 fatalities from the coronavirus.

In the state of Florida, the DOH reports that there are 2,633 hospitalizations. 26 more than what was reported Saturday night.


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.

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In an effort to help the community get answers about the financial fallout and what’s to come, on Thursday, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, joined News 6 for a virtual town hall along with Dr. Sean Snaith, director for UCF’s Institute for Economic Forecasting; Pam Nabors, CEO of CareerSource Central Florida and Tim Giuliani, Orlando Economic Partnership. Re-watch that here as they answer questions about unemployment, financial help and more.

Here’s a breakdown of cases in Central Florida:


On Saturday, the Orange County Convention Center announced it will start issuing 400 coronavirus tests a day. Officials have also modified the criteria for a patient to get a COVID-19 test.

To get a test on Monday you will have to meet one of the following criteria:

  • Respiratory issues
  • Anyone with underlying health conditions
  • Healthcare workers
  • First responders
  • Anyone who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

Gov. DeSantis also announced that FDOT plans to accelerate parts of the I-4 Ultimate Project by one to two months. Drivers who use the interstate during the stay-at-home order to get groceries, to get essential needs, pick up food or drive to work will notice more lane closures.

“None of these changes will increase the cost for the Florida taxpayer,” Gov. DeSantis said.

More than 100,000 cars usually hit the road on Interstate 4 a day, amid the stay-at-home order the number is down to about 40,000 cars a day.

READ MORE: FDOT to accelerate parts of I-4 project by one to two months, governor says

Churches across Central Florida are holding Easter Sunday services in very nontraditional ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During a press conference, Governor Ron DeSantis stressed that the state will not close any place of worship, but he stressed the importance of following social distance guidelines.

RELATED: Churches use alternative ways to worship on Palm Sunday

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