Florida’s coronavirus cases are still on the upswing, with the state reporting another 9,344 cases on Sunday.
That brings the Sunshine State’s total number of cases to 423,855 since the pandemic began, according to the Florida Department of Health.
The state reported 78 new deaths Sunday morning.
At least 5,972 people have died from the virus in Florida, reports show. That figure includes 118 people from outside the state.
Over the past seven days, the state has reported an average of 126 deaths per day. That’s down slightly from an average of 127.5 deaths reported over the previous seven-day period on Saturday.
Florida surpassed New York in confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Florida reported another 12,199 infections on Saturday, bringing the total to 414,511. That made Florida number two in the nation for coronavirus cases, ahead of New York State and its 406,506 cases.
California was in the number one spot with 425,616, based on the COVID Data Tracker from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Florida had another grim record when it reported 173 deaths on Thursday. Many of those deaths occurred weeks ago, but showed up in Thursday’s daily data record due to a reporting lag.
The number of people being treated for COVID-19 at hospitals on Sunday decreased in South Florida and also dropped statewide.
The total stood at 8,961 as of 12:01 p.m., according to the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration. About 24 hours earlier, the same report listed 9,048 patients.
Miami-Dade County has the most people hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of the new coronavirus: 1,917 patients, a decrease of 37 since Saturday. Next is Broward with 1,260, down by 35 since Saturday. Palm Beach County has 606 patients, an increase of 11.
A different report, from the state health department, shows 24,064 Florida residents have been hospitalized since the start of the pandemic. That’s an increase of 9,239 patients since July 1, when the total was 14,825 hospitalizations.
U.S.: The coronavirus death toll in the United States reached 146,574 as of 10:57 a.m. Sunday, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University.
The United States has reported 4.2 million cases, the highest total in the world.
Worldwide: The global total reached 16 million cases Sunday, with at least 645,404 deaths, Johns Hopkins reported.
The U.S. has 4.3% of the world’s population and 26% of the world’s cases.
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