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State Adds Nearly 8,000 New Coronavirus Cases

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Florida Department of Health

The latest coronavirus numbers report from Florida health officials shows the state has added almost 8,000 new cases, and nearly 100 new deaths.

The state recorded 98 deaths from complications due to COVID-19 since Monday, bringing the overall death toll in Florida to 19,627 people.

That includes 35 people in the greater Tampa Bay region, with 16 of those deaths in Sarasota County.

The state also reported 7,985 people tested positive for COVID-19 since Monday, bringing Florida's total to 1,073,770 cases.

In the greater Tampa Bay region, 1,882 people tested positive for the virus.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 998 people in the greater Tampa Bay region were hospitalized with COVID-19 as the primary cause — up eight from Monday.

Statewide, 4,560 people were hospitalized. That's an increase of 65 since Monday.

The Florida Department of Health reported the state got back the results for 112,229 tests Sunday. Of those testing positive for the first time, the positivity rate was 7.92.

State Totals (as of Tuesday, Dec. 8):

  • Positive Tests – 1,073,770
  • Deaths – 19,627

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 7,985 | Deaths - 98
  • Greater Tampa Bay Region: Positive Tests – 1,882 | Deaths - 35

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 112,229 | Positivity Rate – 7.92%

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.

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

  • Dec. 8: 7.985/98
  • Dec. 7: 7,711/106
  • Dec. 6: 8,436/96
  • Dec. 5: 10,431/91
  • Dec. 4: 10,177/124
  • Dec. 3: 10,870/100
  • Dec. 2: 9,994/96
  • Dec. 1: 8,847/82
  • Nov. 30: 6,658/98
  • Nov. 29: 7,364/59
  • Nov. 28: 6,276/81
  • Nov. 27: 17,345/114
  • Nov. 26: No report
  • Nov. 25: 8,376/99

(Go to the Florida Counties tab below for a breakdown of cases and deaths by county):

NOTE: The Florida Department of Health discontinued daily coronvirus updates on June 4, 2021.

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