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Florida coming off its deadliest week

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Coming off its deadliest week in terms of reported coronavirus fatalities, Florida added another 73 to bring its resident death toll to 7,157.

Reported positive cases of COVID-19, though, declined to under 5,000 for the first time since June 23 with the state adding 4,752 cases for a total to date of 491,884.

When state health officials report a death in the daily update, the number encompasses several days, with actual days of death occurring weeks prior in some cases. The state maintains a chart of actual days of death on its COVID-19 dashboard showing the deadliest day as July 17 with 146 fatalities, but also more than 100 deaths each day between July 7-27.

Another 122 non-Florida residents have died because of COVID-19, making the overall toll 7,279.

Health experts said the uptick in deaths is expected as fatalities follow the surge in positive cases that took over the state earlier in July.

Positive cases though have been trending down. The state has reported less than 10,000 positive cases for the last eight days, following several record-high daily reports in July. Florida’s record for a single-day increase was set July 12 with 15,300 new cases.

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Florida’s case total sits behind California, which leads the United States with just over 509,000 cases, according to its COVID-19 dashboard.

More than 3.7 million people have been tested in Florida, with 31,934 more tests reported Monday compared with the previous day, although some state testing sites were closed down over the weekend because of the threat of Tropical Storm Isaias. Over 2.7 million tests have been administered since May 31.

Statewide, the latest positivity rate made available by the Florida Department of Health, for Sunday’s reported tests, was 9.09%. This report marks the 16th day in a row of a positivity rate under 15%.

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