ORLANDO, Floride – The Florida Department of Health reported 8,502 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Florida to 526,577.
The number is a running total since the virus was first detected in Florida in March.
While notification of coronavirus deaths is delayed by days and sometimes weeks, state and public health officials say 187 more people have recently died from the virus. Their deaths bring the total to 8,238, that number includes 129 non-residents who died in Florida.
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On Saturday, the positivity rate for the number of people who tested positive for the first time, compared to all tests, fell to 9.91%. Health officials agree the rate should be less than 10% to show infections are declining.
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Statewide, 6,930 people are currently hospitalized with severe cases of the virus, according to the Health Care Administration Agency report.
The FDOH coronavirus dashboard reveals that 30,251 people have been hospitalized with complications from COVID-19 since March, an increase of 521 patients since the state last released the total 24 hours ago.
News 6 speaks one-on-one with Governor Ron DeSantis
In a one-on-one interview with News 6 presenter Matt Austin on Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said school districts are legally required to offer in-person classes this fall despite the coronavirus pandemic. In progress.
The governor was responding to Hillsborough County’s decision to start the school year for virtually all students and possibly consider in-person learning in September if the number of infections had dropped.
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“You are required by law to offer a certain amount of in-person instruction,” DeSantis said of the decision in Hillsborough to balk at the state’s order. “That worries me.”
DeSantis argued that not opening up to in-person learning was not “the right decision” for school districts in areas other than Miami-Dade or Broward counties, where the majority of cases in the ‘Condition have been reported.
To listen to Governor Ron DeSantis’ full interview, click or tap here.
Parents of Central Florida students can find everything they need to know about their district’s back-to-school plan at ClickOrlando.com/backtoschool.
Here is a breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Central Florida:
|County||Case||New cases||Hospitalizations||New hospitalizations||Death||New deaths|
|Polk||14 124||285||1 393||29||312||8|
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