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State Reports 10,603 Coronavirus Cases on Sunday

The number of new coronavirus cases in Florida climbed by 10,603 on Sunday, according to the state’s report.

That brought the statewide total to 1,365,436. The state also reported 100 deaths on Sunday, bringing the total to 22,310.

The state received the results from 96,345 tests on Saturday. Of those tested for the first time, 12.43% were positive.

On Saturday, the Department of Health issued two days of data because it did not release a report on New Year’s Day. That showed the number of new coronavirus cases over the two days climbed by 31,518.

That two-day average of more than 15,000 cases per day is among the highest since the outbreak began and comes just two days after the state reported a record number of cases (17,192) on Thursday.

State Totals (as of Sunday, Jan. 3):

  • Positive Tests - 1,365,436
  • Deaths – 22,310

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 10,603| Deaths - 100

Greater Tampa Bay Region:

  • Positive Tests – 2,294| Deaths - 29

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 96,345| Positivity Rate – 12.43%

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:

  • Jan. 3: 10,603/100
  • Jan. 2: 31,518/220*
  • Jan. 1: No data reported
  • Dec. 31: 17,192/133
  • Dec. 30: 13,871/139
  • Dec. 29: 12,075/105
  • Dec. 28: 8,198/99
  • Dec. 27: 7,391/77
  • Dec. 26: 17,042/142*
  • Dec. 25: No data reported
  • Dec. 24: 13,147/122
  • Dec. 23: 11,384/121
  • Dec. 22: 10,434/76
  • Dec. 21: 11,015/115

* Totals from Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 include information from two days, because the Florida Department of Health did not release a report on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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Julio Ochoa
Julio Ochoa is editor of Health News Florida.