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- The embattled state has posted a new daily high for coronavirus deaths, although the amount of new cases is steadily falling.
- Local outlets report that the state’s testing efforts have decreased as well.
Following Florida’s record week for hospitalizations related to coronavirus cases, the state recorded another grim high: 276 new deaths, a single-day high.
Data from the Florida Department of Health reported from Monday indicates 276 coronavirus patients died from the virus, bringing the total to 8,553 deaths over the course of the pandemic. Statewide, there have been 536,981 positive cases.
The Miami Herald notes that the previous highest death toll was seen on July 31, which reported 257 fatalities on a single day. This most recent 276 fatality count does not necessarily mean that each individual died within the past 24 hours since the data is not sorted by date of death.
The county leading the state with cases is Miami-Dade in the southeastern part of the state. It is the second county leading the nation in coronavirus cases, behind Los Angeles County in California, according to Johns Hopkins data.
This comes as the state is finally seeing steady declines in new cases. The TCPalm reports that the state is on its 17th consecutive day in which Florida has reported less than 10,000 new cases.
While the state’s testing positivity rate is at 9.76 percent, the volume of testing has reportedly fallen and coincides with the number of new cases declining. The TCPalm counts that fewer than 67,000 new tests were reported by Florida’s Department of Health on Monday, the fifth day it was below the 100,000 mark.