Orlando Sentinel

State sees 6,834 new infections, 35 more deaths Sunday

- By Nelly Ontiveros

Florida added 6,834 positive COVID-19 cases to bring the total to 2,168,901. With 35 more fatalities, the number of resident deaths now totals 34,439.

With 670 non-Florida resident deaths, including no new reported deaths on Sunday, the state’s combined total stands at 35,109. Each report includes deaths from several previous days, as it can take weeks and sometimes several months for reports to appear.

The state’s test positivity rate was 8% for the week ending Saturday, about half a percent more than the previous week. This trend has been occurring for six consecutiv­e weeks.

Across the state, 3,255 people were hospitaliz­ed with COVID-19 as of today around 1 p.m. including 177 in Orange County, 109 in Osceola, 47 in Lake and 69 in Seminole. Last Sunday, there were 3,015 people hospitaliz­ed with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.

To date, 89,744 people have been hospitaliz­ed in Florida, according to the state’s report, which includes 82 newly reported hospitaliz­ations since Saturday’s update.

Statewide, 8,016,441 people have received at least one vaccinatio­n shot including 5,080,273 who have completed their shot regimen, whether it’s the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna option or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The count is a snapshot through Saturday, based on the report released Sunday.

Of those who have received at least the first dose, 3,589,320 are over the age of 65.

To date, 12,371,903 people have been tested in Florida, 26,025 more than Saturday’s total.

Statewide, the latest positivity rate reported Sunday for Saturday’s test results by the Florida Department of Health was 8.68%, but that’s for new cases only and excludes anyone who previously tested positive. For all tests, including retests, the positivity rate was 10.03%.

Central Florida added 1,369 cases on Sunday for a total of 389,311: That includes 426 more in Orange for 131,738; 216 more in Polk for 64,922; 172 in Osceola for 42,317; 175 in Volusia for 41,255; 114 in Brevard for 39,385; 153 in Seminole for 32,284; 104 in Lake for 28,317; and 9 in Sumter for 9,093.

There were 3 new deaths across all eight Central Florida counties bringing the region’s toll to 5,971. Polk County has the most coronaviru­s fatalities in the region with 1,283, followed by 1,224 in Orange, 843 in Brevard, 762 in Volusia, 620 in Lake, 492 in Osceola, 478 in Seminole and 269 in Sumter.

The virus has infected more than 140 million people and has killed more than 3 million worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronaviru­s Resource Center. Nationwide, 31,640,808 people have been infected and more than 567,032 have died.

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