Florida Adds Over 6,200 New Covid Cases, 39 More Virus-Related Deaths Thursday

Florida's total confirmed COVID-19 cases reach 827,380

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Florida added more than 6,200 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, as the state confirmed 39 more virus-related deaths.

The 6,257 new COVID-19 cases brought Florida's total to 827,380, according to the daily report from the state's department of health.

With 39 more virus-related deaths among Florida residents, the total rose to 16,961 Thursday. Another 209 non-resident deaths have been confirmed in the state to-date. Most of the newly confirmed deaths occurred days or weeks earlier.

The positivity rate for new cases in the state was down to 6.20% in Thursday's report, after two straight days above 7%.

The positivity rate for all cases in Thursday's report was 7.35%, nearly 2 percentage points below Wednesday's rate of 9.32%.

In South Florida, Miami-Dade had 190,728 cases Thursday, an increase of about 1,400 since Wednesday, along with 3,670 COVID-related deaths, the same number in Wednesday's report.

In Broward County, there were 89,184 COVID-19 cases reported, a daily increase of about 800, along with 1,542 virus-related deaths, eight more than in Wednesday's report.

Palm Beach County had 54,260 cases and 1,606 virus-related deaths Thursday, while Monroe County had 2,477 cases and 25 deaths.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Aileen Marty told NBC 6 she believes "COVID fatigue" is, in part, to blame for this new wave of cases. She urged Floridians not to give up on taking all safety precautions now, because of the potential for long-term complications from the virus.

"Yes, the death rate from COVID-19 is about 2.5%, yes, we are doing a lot better at getting people out of hospitals right now, but among the hospitalized patients  49.6% continue to have some kind of significant symptom from COVID," Marty said.

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