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State Reports 6,790 New Coronavirus Cases

Florida Dept. of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Dept. of Health
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The state recorded the deaths of 71 more people due to complications from COVID-19 since Wednesday, including six in Polk County.

Thursday's positivity rate in Florida was 6.41 percent on 128,590 tests.

The state reported 6,790 people tested positive for the coronavirus since Wednesday — bringing Florida's total to 2,064,525 cases.

It's the most cases in a single day since March 2.

The state also recorded the deaths of 71 people due to complications from COVID-19, bringing the overall death toll to 34,143 people.

Nine deaths were reported in the greater Tampa bay region, including six in Polk County.

As of Thursday afternoon, the state reported 2,844 people were being treated at hospitals in Florida with a primary diagnosis of the coronavirus, down 100 from a day earlier.

Wednesday's positivity rate was 6.41 percent on 128,590 tests.

State Totals (as of Thursday, April 1)

  • Positive Tests – 2,064,525
  • Deaths – 34,143

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 6,790| Deaths – 71
  • Greater Tampa Bay region: Positive Tests – 1,590 | Deaths – 9

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 128,590 | Positivity Rate – 6.41%

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:

  • April 1: 6,790/71
  • March 31: 5,294/89
  • March 30: 5,062/92
  • March 29: 3,374/72
  • March 28: 4,943/36
  • March 27: 5,883/27
  • March 26: 5,750/167
  • March 25: 5,773/109
  • March 24: 5,143/31
  • March 23: 5,302/41
  • March 22: 2,862/39
  • March 21: 3,987/32
  • March 20: 5,105/64
  • March 19: 5,140/54

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