Florida recorded 12,624 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a slightly lower total than the previous day, but it is still among the highest single-day numbers recorded in any state, according to The Miami Herald.
High case numbers occur when Florida has supplanted New York as the nation’s epicenter for the virus. The state had recorded 15,300 new cases on Sunday, setting a one-day record for the nation.
The Florida Department of Health said there were 35 new deaths on Monday, the lowest daily death count in more than a week, although deaths have been trending upward over a two-week period. The state has 282,435 cases and 4,277 deaths.
The state’s positivity rate, or the percentage of tests yielding positive results, has continued to decline slightly after the daily average peaked at almost 19 percent last week.
The positivity rate reported Monday for new cases was 11.5 percent, slightly more than the 11.25 percent the previous day. A month ago, the positive rate was around 5 percent.
Florida has evaluated more than 2.6 million people, with 1.6 million tests administered since May 31.
The state has continued to seek reopening. Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opened on Saturday, and Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are scheduled to open on Wednesday.