Florida reports more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19, setting new US daily high

Rachael Thomas, Treasure Coast Newspapers

The state of Florida set a new national one-day record for newly-counted COVID-19 cases Sunday, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. The state added 15,300 cases, bringing the total number of cases recorded to 269,811.

Sunday was the 19th consecutive day that at least 5,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus have been announced in the state, and the third consecutive day that more than 10,000 new cases have been announced.

The state reported 45 new deaths, bringing the total number of Florida resident deaths to 4,242.

The number of Florida residents hospitalized with COVID-19 increased by 248, for a total of 18,271 resident hospitalizations since the pandemic began. The Department of Health notes the total figure is cumulative and does not reflect the number of COVID-19 patients currently in hospitals.

From Thursday: 'The curve is no longer flat': Nearly half of Florida's ICUs are at least 90% full

The new daily high in cases comes on the same weekend of Disney World's reopening, where an estimated 16,000 people turned out to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom in central Florida Saturday. 

Also this month, the NBA is scheduled to resume its season in a bubble-like complex at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The state has counted more than 208,000 new coronavirus cases since its Phase 2 reopening began on June 5. Bars were closed for the second time during the pandemic June 26 to try to limit the spread of the virus.

The cumulative percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Florida remained at 10.5% Sunday, after increasing for 27 consecutive days.

Here's a breakdown of the latest numbers in Florida:

Overview

  • Total cases: 269,811
  • Deaths of Florida residents: 4,242
  • Hospitalizations: 18,271

Testing

  • Total tests: 2,576,813
  • Positive: 269,811
  • Negative: 2,304,196
  • % positive: 10.5%
  • Inconclusive: 2,806
  • Awaiting testing: 2,096

Deaths in long-term care facilities

  •  Total: 2,100

Top 5 cities with confirmed cases

  • Miami: 39,160
  • Orlando: 13,454
  • Tampa: 11,833
  • Jacksonville: 11,746
  • Hialeah: 9,073

Contributing: Jay Cannon, USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: Florida daily COVID-19 cases hit 15,000, a new United States high

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