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Florida Reports Lowest Number Of New Cases, Deaths, Positivity Rate In Weeks

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health
The Florida Department of Health reported that 7,084 more people tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday. It's the lowest number of new cases since July 6

The Florida Department of Health reported Sunday that 7,104 people tested positive for the coronavirus since Saturday. It’s the lowest number of new cases reported in a single day since July 6.

That brings the total number of cases statewide to 487,132.

In the great Tampa Bay region, another 1,212 new cases were reported Sunday. That figure has not been under 1,000 since June 30.

Testing was paused late last week at sites run by the state ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias, although some county health departments and private testing sites remained open.

A total of 62 deaths linked to coronavirus was reported Sunday, bringing the total death toll statewide since the pandemic began to 7,084.

That came after five consecutive days of more than 175 deaths. It’s also the lowest number of deaths reported in a single day since July 13.

Twelve deaths were reported in the greater Tampa Bay region.

According to the Department of Health, the deaths did not necessarily happen in the 24 hours since Saturday's report, as some occurred previously and were disclosed to the state since the last report.

The results of 87,975 tests were returned Saturday. The rate of positive tests – reflecting the percent of people who tested positive for the first time – was 9.28% statewide. It’s the first time since June 24 that the rate was under ten percent.

ABOUT THE DATA:

The Florida Department of Health produces a daily update around 11 a.m. with information about COVID-19 cases and deaths that were reported over the previous 24 hours. Cases and deaths in the report may have happened days or weeks earlier, according to state officials. The state separately tracks cases and deaths that occurred on specific days on its dashboard and those totals are frequently updated.

Greater Tampa Bay region total positive tests as of Sunday, August 2:

  • Hillsborough: 30,118
  • Pinellas: 16,774
  • Polk: 12,991
  • Manatee: 8,733
  • Pasco: 6,479
  • Sarasota: 5,724
  • Hernando: 1,749

 
Florida COVID-19 daily total of positive tests/deaths for the last two weeks:

  • August 2: 7,104 / 62
  • August 1: 9,642 / 179
  • July 31: 9,007 / 257
  • July 30: 9,956 /253
  • July 29: 9,446 /216
  • July 28: 9,230 /186
  • July 27: 8,892 /77
  • July 26: 9,344 /77
  • July 25: 12,199 /124
  • July 24: 12,444 /135
  • July 23: 10,249 /173
  • July 22: 9,785 /139
  • July 21: 9,444 /134
  • July 20: 10,343 /90