Florida reports 17,345 new COVID-19 cases after not posting updates on Thanksgiving

Daily coronavirus cases in Florida continue to be more than 6,000 as the country enters the hectic holiday season and the end of 2020.

New cases reported daily have trended higher in November, with only one day seeing new cases less than 4,000.

On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health did not provide a daily COVID-19 update for Nov. 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The updates came on Friday and combined two days’ reports.

Friday’s report showed an increase of 17,345 cases for Nov. 25 and 26. That brings the statewide total to 979,021 since tracking began in March.

The state also reported another 109 Floridians and five non-residents had died after testing positive for COVID-19. That brings the total to 18,363 residents and 233 non-residents who have died since the pandemic began — a total of 18,596 deaths in the state related to coronavirus.

Those numbers do not necessarily mean those people died Wednesday or Thursday, but rather the state learned of their deaths and added the number 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 testing, the health department reported 6.67 percent of 170,297 test results returned from labs were positive for COVID-19 through Nov. 25 and 6.20 percent of 120,625 test results from labs were positive for COVID-19 through Nov. 26.

Source: 10 Tampa Bay

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