COVID-19 in Florida: 7,788 new cases and 119 more dead as state tops 1.7 million cases

Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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State officials reported a substantial drop in cases Sunday compared to the previous day, but 13 more deaths.

Saturday’s tally listed 106 additional deaths and 15,019 new cases — nearly twice as many reported on Sunday.

The seven-day average for new cases has been declining since January 8.

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

South Florida

South Florida reported 2,354 new cases on Tuesday.

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.


Florida reported 227 additional deaths from COVID after reporting 153 more on Monday.


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.


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