COVID-19 in Florida: 7,391 new cases, 77 more deaths

Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun Sentinel

On Saturday, Florida reported 17,042 new cases of COVID-19 and 140 new deaths, but that was from two days of combined data.

No daily COVID-19 case numbers were released on Christmas Day by the Florida Department of Health. That meant Saturday’s data was combined with what would have been Friday’s update, resulting in the number of new cases appearing higher than usual.

Take a deeper look at Florida’s updated coronavirus numbers.

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Testing and positivity

Public health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is under 5%. But since Oct. 29, Florida has exceeded 5% in its widely publicized calculation for assessing the rate for testing of residents.



As of Sunday, there were 5,912 people hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

Hospitalizations hit a peak in late July of about 9,500 patients statewide, then dipped as low as 2,011 on Oct. 19. The numbers steadily increased throughout November and December.

Explore the map of current hospital capacity across Florida.