STATEWIDE — After another record-breaking day of coronavirus cases reported on Sunday, the amount of new, 1-day COVID-19 cases dipped on Monday to a still-high 12,000-plus.
Florida added 12,624 cases Monday, according to the state's Health Department.
The state reported 35 additional deaths, with five reported in Central Florida and 12 in the Tampa Bay area.
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The department reported on Sunday that there were 15,300 new cases, with 45 deaths and 248 hospitalizations.
Monday's numbers were down across the board, including hospitalizations - that went slightly down to 227. The numbers came from the latest daily total of 112,264 conducted tests. Authorities listed 65,800 tests conducted in Central Florida.
Before Sunday, the previous daily coronavirus record was 11,458 that was reported by the state on July 4.
The one-day positivity rate reached 19.19 percent Monday while the overall positivity rate from conducted tests sits at 10.69 percent.
Orange County had the most reported cases and deaths in Central Florida with 936 cases and three deaths.
On Monday, Dr. Raul Pino with Florida Dept. of Health-Orange County theorized some reasons for the spike in testing in Florida. They include:
- Backlogged test results being added to the state's data
- Added labs entering results electronically
- Daily tests inside the so-called "Disney Bubble" for the NBA and the MLS. Pino says they are working to isolate this data
Polk followed with 384 cases and one death. Osceola and Seminole counties had 275 and 257 cases, respectively. The only other Central Florida death (a total of 5) reported Monday was in Volusia County.
In the Bay area, a total of 2,078 cases were reported with 12 deaths.
Hillsborough (679) and Pinellas (598) counties continued to see high numbers of cases.
Seven deaths were reported in Pinellas County, followed by Manatee County and one each in Citrus, Pasco and Polk.
The state of Florida is reporting a total of 282,435 cases and 4,277 total deaths from 2.6 million conducted tests.
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