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Florida reports another 3,286 new coronavirus cases

In response to a recent spike in newly-confirmed coronavirus cases statewide, Tampa Bay area leaders have been passing or considering new mandatory mask rules.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday reported another 3,286 new cases of COVID-19 in the state.

It's the fifth time in a week the single-day number has topped 3,000.

The new cases come after the state on Monday surpassed the 100,000 cases mark with 2,926 new cases reported. Monday was also the first time in four days the number of new cases had been fewer than 3,000. Now, it's back above that mark.

The total number of cases stands at 103,503 cases Tuesday afternoon, which is down three cases after an update from the morning data.

According to the state's most recent data, the percent positivity rate for new cases in the last day was 10.89 percent.

Here's a breakdown of the new coronavirus cases reported by the state for the past week:

  • June 16: 2,783
  • June 17: 2,610
  • June 18: 3,207
  • June 19: 3,822
  • June 20: 4,049
  • June 21: 3,494
  • June 22: 2,926 
  • June 23: 3,286

The state's report from Saturday, June 20, showed the biggest spike in single-day cases at 4,049. 

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Credit: Florida Department of Health

There has not been a downward trajectory of documented cases or percent of positive cases within the last two weeks. The trend of new cases each day has been increasing, with single-day record highs reported multiple times since the beginning of June.

Florida has been battling a new outbreak since Phase Two of reopening began on June 5. One study has even said the state could become the next epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, state leaders point to an increase in testing for the jump in new positive cases. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said in March there’s a pattern this virus follows: a rise in new cases first, then hospitalizations, followed by a bump in ICU visits and then, weeks later, we could experience a climb in deaths. 

Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

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