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State Reports Fewest Number Of COVID-19 Cases Since September

The state said 1,613 people tested positive since Sunday's report, about one-fifth the daily average number of cases reported during the past week.

Florida reported its fewest new cases of COVID-19 since the end of September on Monday.

The Florida Department of Health said 1,613 people tested positive for the coronavirus since Sunday's report. That's about one-fifth the daily average number of cases reported during the past week.

Just five days ago, the state reported nearly 8,000 new cases in one day.

The deaths of seven people in the region from complications of the coronavirus were recorded Monday, including five in Manatee County. Statewide, 35 deaths were reported. The death toll in Florida stands at 35,720 people.

But the positivity rate for new cases remains high at 8%. That's on 24,169 tests returned Sunday — which is almost 80,000 tests lower than the daily average for the last week. Anything above 5 percent means a high percentage of people who are being tested end up positive for COVID-19.

Hospitalizations are up as well, with more than 3,184 people in hospital with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 as of Monday.

Meanwhile, more than 4.4 million people in Florida are fully vaccinated against the virus, and more than 2.8 million have received at least one dose.

State Totals (as of Monday, April 12)

  • Positive Tests – 2,125,846
  • Deaths – 34,720

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 1,613| Deaths – 37
  • Greater Tampa Bay region: Positive Tests – 355 | Deaths –7

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 24,169 | Positivity Rate – 8.0%

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:

  • April 12: 1,613/37
  • April 11: 5,520/7
  • April 10: 6,906/50
  • April 9: 7,121/64
  • April 8: 7,939/86
  • April 7: 5,885/42
  • April 6: 5,556/70
  • April 5: 3,480/36
  • April 4: 4,794/22
  • April 3: 6,017/67
  • April 2: 6,490/96
  • April 1: 6,790/71
  • March 31: 5,294/89
  • March 30: 5,062/92

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Steve Newborn is WUSF's assistant news director as well as a reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.