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Florida's Daily Coronavirus Count Sees Sharp Increase

The spike in daily new cases comes amid an overall 17% decrease from the week prior.

Florida reported that 6,297 additional people tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday — almost double from the previous day.

On Monday, the daily case count dipped to 3,,615, less than half the average of the previous week, the Department of Health said on Tuesday.

The total number of cases now stands at 1,837,285.

The state reported 120,992 tests were administered Monday, and the rate for those testing positive for the first time was 6.61%.

Florida’s average of new cases per day continues to decline.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University analyzed by NPR, the state is averaging 6,753 cases per day in the last week- a 17% decrease from the week prior and a 31% decrease from two weeks ago.

The Florida Department of Health reported Tuesday that 225 people in the state died due to complications from COVID-19. The overall death toll stands at 29,659 people. While the deaths were recorded Tuesday, they may have occurred in the days or weeks prior.

Statewide hospitalizations have gone down slightly. To see how local hospitals are managing capacity related to the virus, see this NPR tool.

More than 2.4 million people have received a coronavirus vaccine in Florida, with 1.13 million people getting both doses.

State Totals (as of Tuesday, Feb. 16):

  • Positive Tests – 1,837,285

  • Deaths – 29,659

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 6,297 | Deaths – 225

  • Greater Tampa Bay Region: Positive Tests – 1,236| Deaths - 87

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 120,992 | Positivity Rate – 6.61%

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:

  • Feb. 16: 6,297/225
  • Feb. 15: 3,615/159
  • Feb. 14: 5,436/96
  • Feb. 13: 7,515/118
  • Feb. 12: 7,617/190
  • Feb. 11: 8,525/180
  • Feb. 10: 7,537/165
  • Feb. 9: 7,023/239
  • Feb. 8: 5,737/126
  • Feb. 7: 6,624/103
  • Feb. 6: 7,486/145
  • Feb. 5: 11,543/215
  • Feb. 4: 7,711/226
  • Feb. 3: 6,979/203

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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.