As Florida pushes forward on its path to reopening, state health officials continue to report what Gov. Ron DeSantis called an “explosion” of COVID-19 cases.
Across the state, new cases of the novel coronavirus are reported by the thousands, with infection numbers surpassing those seen when the pandemic first caused the state to shut down.
The Florida Department of Health reported a record-shattering 5,511 new cases of COVID-19 since approximately the same time the day before, as well as 43 new deaths and 258 more hospitalizations. This is the most cases reported in a single day since the pandemic hit Florida in early March.
The new statistics bring the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Florida since the disease was first reported in the state on March 1 to 109,014 with a total of 3,281 deaths and 13,574 hospitalizations.
Orange County alone reported 554 new cases of COVID-19 since Tuesday. A report by the FDOH showed that the city of Orlando has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, with 4,550 confirmed infections; the only city with more reported cases is Miami with 16,353 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The city of DeLand posted on Facebook Wednesday that out of the 68 newly reported cases in Volusia County, 16 of those cases were reported in DeLand and made up 23.5% of the new cases for the area.
5,511 new cases statewide were reported Wednesday with a positive test rate of 15.91%. 68 new cases in Volusia County, 16 in DeLand (accounting for 23.5% of all new cases locally), with a county positivity rate of 11.6%.— City of DeLand (@CityofDeLand) June 24, 2020
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