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Florida Adds More Than 9,500 Coronavirus Cases On Wednesday

Statewide, 4,459 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. That's a decrease of one since Tuesday.

The state Department of Health on Wednesday recorded 89 deaths from complications due to COVID-19 since Tuesday, bringing the overall toll to 19,716.

Florida added 9,592 coronavirus cases and 89 deaths Tuesday. The state has reported 1,083,362 coronavirus infections.

Statewide, 4,459 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. That's a decrease of one since Tuesday.

The department reported the state got back the results for 124,246 tests Tuesday. Of those tested for the first time, 8.64 percent were positive.

The report shows that there were 1,436 new cases recorded and 13 deaths in the greater Tampa Bay region since Tuesday. The area has reported at least 1,000 new cases every day since Nov. 22, except for Thanksgiving, when the department didn't submit a report.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 1,007 people in the greater Tampa Bay region were hospitalized with COVID-19 as the primary cause — up 10 from Tuesday.

State Totals (as of Wednesday, Dec. 9):

  • Positive Tests – 1,083,362
  • Deaths – 19,716

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 9,592 | Deaths - 89

  • Greater Tampa Bay Region: Positive Tests – 1,436 | Deaths - 13

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 124,246 | Positivity Rate – 8.64%

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. 9: 9,592/89
  • 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

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

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