Florida has now passed 300,000 coronavirus cases

Locally, Hillsborough County is currently at 21,018 total cases.

click to enlarge Florida has now passed 300,000 coronavirus cases
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The Florida Health Department reported 10,085 new cases of coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the state’s total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 301,810.

The total number of deaths statewide is over 4,500 and hospitalizations near 20,000.

Florida’s highest single-day positive case total of 15,300 was set on July 11. On Tuesday, Florida set a new record of 133 coronavirus-related deaths in a single day.  

Locally, Hillsborough County is currently at 21,018 total cases; Pinellas is at 12,080 and Polk is at 8,206. 

More than 2.7 million COVID-19  tests have been conducted in Florida since the beginning of the pandemic, and the median age of those who’ve tested positive is about 41, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Johns Hopkins has the current floating average positivity rate of tests at 18.7%.

Despite the recent surge of coronavirus cases, Gov. Ron DeSantis refuses to mandate face masks. Additionally, Florida’s Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran signed an executive order on July 6 demanding that along with reopening, schools must "provide the full array of services” for families who want their children in school this Fall. 

In reaction to Florida becoming the world’s coronavirus epicenter, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that travelers from the sunshine state will be fined up to $2,000 if they do not provide contact information upon arrival. 

On a national level, the European Union has barred travelers coming from the United States because of its failure to halt the spread of coronavirus. 

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the first coronavirus vaccine “revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped.”

The government’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Associated Press, “No matter how you slice this, this is good news.”

Despite the recent “good news” there is no guarantee of a vaccine by the end of the year.

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About The Author

Christopher Cann

Christopher is a current journalism student at the University of Florida. His past work can be seen at Ears to Feed, The Independent Florida Alligator and Cigar City Management. 

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