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State Adds Nearly 8,000 New Coronavirus Cases

The latest coronavirus numbers report from Florida health officials shows the state has added almost 8,000 new cases, and nearly 100 new deaths.

Florida recorded 98 deaths from complications due to COVID-19 since Monday, bringing the overall death toll in the state to 19,627.

The state also reported 7,985 people tested positive for COVID-19 since Monday, bringing Florida's total to 1,073,770 cases.

Statewide, 4,560 people were hospitalized. That's an increase of 65 since Monday.

The deaths include 35 people in the greater Tampa Bay region, with 16 of those deaths in Sarasota County. In the region, 1,882 people tested positive for the virus.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 998 people in the Tampa area were hospitalized with COVID-19 as the primary cause — up eight from Monday.

The Florida Department of Health reported the state got back the results for 112,229 tests Sunday. Of those tested for the first time, 7.92 percent were positive.

State Totals (as of Tuesday, Dec. 8):

  • Positive Tests – 1,073,770
  • Deaths – 19,627

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 7,985 | Deaths - 98
  • Greater Tampa Bay Region: Positive Tests – 1,882 | Deaths - 35

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 112,229 | Positivity Rate – 7.92%

ABOUT THE DATA: 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.

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

  • Dec. 8: 7.985/98
  • Dec. 7: 7,711/106
  • Dec. 6: 8,436/96
  • Dec. 5: 10,431/91
  • Dec. 4: 10,177/124
  • Dec. 3: 10,870/100
  • Dec. 2: 9,994/96
  • Dec. 1: 8,847/82
  • Nov. 30: 6,658/98
  • Nov. 29: 7,364/59
  • Nov. 28: 6,276/81
  • Nov. 27: 17,345/114
  • Nov. 26: No report
  • Nov. 25: 8,376/99

(Go to the Florida Counties tab below for a breakdown of cases and deaths by county):

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Daylina Miller is a multimedia reporter for WUSF and Health News Florida, covering health in the Tampa Bay area and across the state.