New positive cases of the coronavirus were announced Sunday as Florida surpassed new milestones in positive cases.
Florida cases moved past 26,000 Sunday night, with 774 coronavirus-related deaths, according to state health officials.
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According to the Florida Department of Health, there are exactly 26,314 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase from 25,492 earlier in the day.
Health officials also said in Sunday evening’s update that there were 3,813 patients hospitalized statewide due to the virus.
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The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in Florida is not being reported by state health officials. That coronavirus data the FDOH releases twice daily does not include how many people who tested positive in the past month and have since recovered and returned to their normal lives.
Orlando residents can also now track coronavirus cases by neighborhood using the city’s new online data tracker. Orlando’s online database also includes updated heat maps, showing which areas throughout the city have the highest number of confirmed cases.
Orange County continues to have the highest number of positive cases in Central Florida. Officials are urging anyone with symptoms or who may have come in contact with someone who contracted the virus to get tested.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings sat down with Justin Warmoth on “The Weekly on ClickOrlando.com” to discuss the county’s response to the pandemic so far and what needs to happen before residents can go back to work.
See a county-by-county breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Central Florida below.
On Saturday Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that students will not be returning to school for the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
DeSantis said he realizes online schooling is not ideal but given where students and educators are in the school year and the obstacles presented by the ongoing pandemic, he believes continuing distance learning is the best option right now.
“The last thing you want to do is force everyone in school and have half the kids show up because their parents didn’t want -- their teachers didn’t want,” DeSantis said. “It was an easier decision for me to make knowing distance learning is working.”
Sports teams are itching to get back on the field to finish seasons that were cut short due to growing concerns of spreading COVID-19.
Virtually all the big-time team sports are coming up with scenarios to play games with no fans in the stands.
The Washington Post reported that while the NFL is publicly committed to its usual kickoff date in September, it is looking into contingencies that include shortening the season or playing in front of half-full or empty stadiums.