Central Florida counties see jump in COVID-19 related deaths

News 6 asked Gov. DeSantis about deaths in Florida

A health worker performs a COVID-19 test at the Orange County Convention Center Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Over 4,900 Floridians have died from the coronavirus, according to the department of health.

On Saturday, some Central Florida counties reported some of their highest single-day death increases since the pandemic began.

Marion County set a new record for most new deaths in a day at eight. The previous high was three on July 10.

Orange County also set a new record for deaths reported on a single day. Orange County reported 14 deaths Saturday. Their previous high was nine on July 15.

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Polk County recorded 12 deaths Saturday. Their previous high was 10 on July 14. Seminole County also set a new high with eight COVID-related deaths. The County’s previous high was three.

Florida currently ranks in the top half of the nation ranked 25th for COVID-19 deaths per capita, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.

This week the state hit a record with 133 deaths reported on Tuesday and broke the record with 156 deaths reported Thursday.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, whose projections have been used by the White House, currently project Florida could have 10,000 deaths by Sept. 1.

Given that this week has seen the most COVID-19 deaths thus far, News 6 asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to weigh in on the sobering statistics.

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