ORLANDO, Fla. – Yet again, Florida saw another jump in the number of coronavirus cases overnight, this time by an additional 634 for a new grand total of 6,338 as of Tuesday morning.
That number includes 77 people who have died, compared to 71 deaths as of 6 p.m. Monday, the last time figures were released.
At that time, there were 5,704 cases of COVID-19 statewide.
The 6,338 figure includes 772 hospitalizations, 242 non-Florida residents who were diagnosed while visiting the state and nine Floridians who tested positive while in a different part of the country.
Travel appears to be to blame for 665 cases, contact with a confirmed case caused 892 instances, travel and contact is cited as the reasoning for 436 cases and the remaining 4,103 are under investigation.
Health officials have not said how many people who tested positive for the respiratory illness in the past four weeks have since recovered.
Here’s how the numbers break down for Central Florida counties:
According to data provided by the agency, the day with the most new cases since COVID-19 made its way to the Sunshine State was Sunday with 897 new instances. Monday saw 875 new cases.
Still, The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects that Florida won’t reach its peak until early May. At that point, the state could be seeing 136 deaths per day.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has been reluctant to issue a statewide lockdown but on Monday, he issued an executive order requiring that residents in the hardest-hit counties — Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach — stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to leave the house. The mandate is in effect until April 15.
Collectively, those three counties have 3,649 of the state’s 6,338 cases, meaning more than half.
The governor also lifted red tape in order to allow retired first responders and medical professionals to quickly return to the workforce so they can help in the fight to stop the spread of coronavirus.
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