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Florida health officials report over 2,000 new cases of COVID-19

51 people have recently died of the virus

A sparse crowd is on Ocean Drive after an 8 p.m. curfew amid the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. A curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. is in effect throughout the entertainment district in Miami Beach. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A sparse crowd is on Ocean Drive after an 8 p.m. curfew amid the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. A curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. is in effect throughout the entertainment district in Miami Beach. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

To close out the weekend, Florida health officials announced over 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, Oct. 17.

The new cases come as the region gets ready to celebrate yet another major holiday in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health officials said Halloween will undoubtedly look different this year but won’t be canceled altogether.

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CDC officials said candy should be not be given out to trick-or-treaters this year.

Health officials said individually wrapped goodie bags lined up in yards for families to grab and go is considered a moderate risk.

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Cases

The Florida Department of Health reported 2,539 new cases on Sunday, bringing the state’s overall total to 755,020.

Deaths

The Florida Department of Health on Sunday reported 51 people have recently died from COVID-19. As of Sunday’s report, 16,168 deaths across the state have been related to the coronavirus, a number that includes 201 non-resident deaths in Florida.

State health officials have always maintained that virus fatalities are often delayed in being reported to the FDOH, with some deaths not reported for a month or more.

Hospitalizations

The state reported 77 new hospitalizations on Sunday, meaning the state has seen a total of 47,053 patients admitted into a hospital since March in relation to COVID-19.

Currently, there are 2,008 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

Positivity Rate

The percent of positive results ranged from 3.43% to 7.87% over the past 2 weeks and was 4.68% on Saturday.

[SEE YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Florida health officials report 4,000 new cases, 87 new deaths related to COVID-19]

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Central Florida County-By-County Breakdown:

CountyCasesNew CasesHospitalizationsNew HospitalizationsDeathsNew Deaths
Brevard10,3974895103450
Flagler1,956111591350
Lake8,1683868852182
Marion10,444281,03343351
Orange43,4531511,48915300
Osceola13,4743873231810
Polk21,780672,25605864
Seminole9,7113771612352
Sumter2,756142700790
Volusia11,9434091323062

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