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Florida Passes New York In Total COVID-19 Cases

Florida added more than 9,300 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.
Florida Department of Health
Florida added more than 9,300 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

The number of cases of coronavirus in Florida has surpassed the total in the state of New York, with the addition of more than 21,000 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.

The daily report from the Florida Department of Health added another 9,344 cases on Sunday and 12,199 on Saturday. It brings Florida’s total to 423,855.

New York – the one-time epicenter of the virus in the United States – reports more than 416,000 confirmed cases.

Florida also added another 78 deaths statewide on Sunday, bringing the two-day total to 202. It included 30 deaths of people in the greater Tampa Bay region over the weekend. The total number of lives lost in Florida so far from COVID-19 has reached 5,854.

In the greater Tampa Bay region, another 1,251 cases were reported for the 24-hour period since Saturday’s report.

Of the 84,448 test results that came back Sunday, 11.06 % of those tested for the first time were positive. It was a slight decrease from Saturday, when 11.43% of those tested for the first time were positive.


The Florida Department of Health produces a  daily update  around 11 a.m. with information about COVID-19 cases and deaths that were reported over the previous 24 hours. Cases and deaths in the report may have happened days or weeks earlier, according to state officials. The state separately tracks cases and deaths that occurred on specific days on its dashboard and those totals are frequently updated.

Greater Tampa Bay region positive tests as of Sunday, July 26:

  • Hillsborough: 27,077
  • Pinellas: 15,147
  • Polk: 11,423
  • Manatee: 7,859
  • Pasco: 5,803
  • Sarasota: 5,103
  • Hernando: 1,454

Florida COVID-19 daily total of positive tests/deaths for the last two weeks:

  • July 26: 9,344/77
  • July 25: 12,199/ 124
  • July 24: 12,444/ 135
  • July 23: 10,249 /173
  • July 22: 9,785 /139
  • July 21: 9,444 /134
  • July 20: 10,343 /90
  • July 19: 12,478 /87
  • July 18: 10,328 /90
  • July 17: 11,466 /128
  • July 16: 13,965 /156
  • July 15: 10,181 /112
  • July 14: 9,194 /132
  • July 13: 12,624 / 35

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Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF.
Mary Shedden
Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF Public Media, where she oversees a team of reporters covering 13 counties on Florida’s west coast.