Florida reports over 3,500 new COVID-19 cases, 149 new deaths

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The state of Florida reported 3,571 new coronavirus cases Thursday. The new cases bring the state’s overall total to 637,013 since March.

Florida’s positivity rate, the number of people who tested positive for the first time compared to overall tests, remained below 10% Wednesday. The Florida Department of Health has not released the positivity data for Thursday as of this publication.

Medical officials say the rate should be below 10% for at least two weeks to show a decline in infections, with the state working to bring the cumulative percent positive rate down to 10%, too.

The World Health Organization said that a region’s test positivity rate needs to be below 5% for at least 14 days to relax restrictions.

The state reported 270 new hospitalized patients on Thursday, bringing the number of people who stayed in hospitals due to the virus since March to 39,428.

According to the Agency for Health Care Administration, there were 3,348 people receiving care primarily for coronavirus at hospitals across Florida on Thursday.

Deaths continue to rise in Florida for those who contracted the virus.

The FDOH reported an additional 149 people had recently died as a result of complications from COVID-19. Florida’s death toll from COVID-19 now stands at 11,800 and includes 150 non-residents and 11,650 Florida residents.