The Florida Department of Health (DOH) today reported that out of the tests performed for more than 67,000 people Thursday, 9,488 new positive COVID-19 cases (9,415 Florida residents and 73 non-Florida residents) were recorded, or about 15% of those tested.
The total case count in the state now stands at 178,594.
Since July 2, the deaths of sixty-seven Florida residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in Brevard, Broward, Dade, Escambia, Hendry, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Seminole counties.
The total deaths reported now stand at 3,684, or 2%.
The state has seen 15,491 hospitalizations, or 9% of the total.
In Hillsborough County, 658 additional cases were reported, bringing the total in the county to 13,044. Of this total, 654 required hospitalization (5%) and 148 died (1%).
The DOH reminded all Floridians to protect the vulnerable by avoiding the Three Cs: Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-Contact Settings and by wearing a mask in public:
- Closed Spaces. Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation that could allow contagious droplets to linger in the air.
- Crowded Places. Avoid crowded places with many people nearby; the greater the number of individuals in an area, the greater the chances of COVID-19 spreading from person-to-person.
- Close-Contact Settings. Avoid close-range conversations and stay at least six-feet from others.