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Florida Department of Health reports over 900 new cases of COVID-19

Death toll surpasses 2,000 in Florida

Coronavirus Crisis
Coronavirus Crisis

ORLANDO, Fla. – As major theme parks, including Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World, formulate their plans and procedures to reopen, cases of COVID-19 are still being reported in the state.

The Florida Department of Health announced new positive coronavirus cases across the state Saturday as spectators crowd the coast to watch SpaceX’s historic launch.

The Florida Department of Health reported 927 new people have tested positive for the respiratory illness.

As of Saturday, 55,424 people have tested positive for the virus.

Since March, 10,113 people with severe cases of the virus have required hospitalization. The state does not report the number of current patients in hospitals with the coronavirus or the number of individuals who have recovered from the disease after being diagnosed.

The total number of deaths in Florida rose to 2,447.

Death data is delayed, according to the DOH dashboard, and could take up to two weeks to report.

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If you are having trouble viewing the dashboard on mobile, click here.

Below is a breakdown of coronavirus cases in Central Florida by county:

CountyCasesHospitalizationsDeaths
Brevard4206112
Flagler185204
Lake2987015
Marion244347
Orange1,97632141
Osceola69815219
Polk1,00531255
Seminole48410912
Sumter2534417
Volusia73014338

Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando got approval Friday from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to open their parks after their plans were approved by Orange County’s Economic Recovery Task Force and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings earlier this week.

With that green light, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Discovery Cove will open June 11; Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom will open July 11, followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15.

According to Disney officials, face coverings will be required for all guests ages two and up and temperature screenings will be required in some locations. Officials also announced that parades, fireworks and character encounters will be suspended, as well as FastPass+ and dining reservations.

Disney Springs began it’s phased reopening on May 20 and since then, guests have been monitored by “social distancing squads," which Disney officials said have been popular with guests.

[READ MORE: Disney, SeaWorld get approval to reopen this summer]

News 6 has put together a list of all the major Central Florida attractions that are up and running right now and welcoming guests. You can find a link to that list here.

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