Florida’s two-week rolling average of new coronavirus cases continues to rise in line with national trends: the pandemic is ongoing and, perhaps, worsening going further in the fall season.
The state Department of Health on Saturday reported an increase of 4,471 COVID-19 cases for Oct. 23.
That brings the statewide total to 776,251 cases reported since March.
The state also reported another 77 Floridians had died after testing positive for coronavirus. That brings the total to 16,417 residents and 203 non-residents who have died since the pandemic began.
Those numbers do not necessarily mean those people died Friday but rather the state learned of their deaths and added the numbers to the report that day. The state’s line-by-line report, which you can read here, lists coronavirus deaths by the date the people tested positive for the virus, not the date they passed.
As for new data on daily testing, the health department said 3.68 percent of 127,387 test results returned from labs were positive for coronavirus through Oct. 23.
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