Florida COVID-19 Cases Smallest Increase Since Mid-June


Jacksonville, Fla. – While health experts believe Labor Day’s holiday could lead to additional cases of coronovirus, data released Monday by the Florida Department of Health shows that the increase in cases continues to fall from the peaks experienced in June and July – Day after spikes in cases after Memorial and Fourth of July.

The state added 1,838 new cases to its dashboard on Monday, bringing the total to 648,269 – but the smallest daily increase since June 15. The growth in local caseloads was far from the summer peaks, but just like other recent times.

Florida’s Department of Health said that 4.8 million tests have been conducted in the state in the past six months. Of the 43,445 tests where results returned on Sunday, 4.55% were positive for the virus – the positivity rate for the 26th consecutive day was below 10% and the third time in the past two weeks the rate has fallen below 5%.

According to state data, Florida crossed 12,000 deaths related to coronovirus on Sunday, but only 22 were added on Monday. There have been around 100 deaths per day in the state in the last one week.

A new death was reported on Monday in northeast Florida: an 88-year-old man in Duval County who knew contact with a man who tested positive for the virus.

About 3,200 infected people were being treated in hospitals for the virus.

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