Florida Passes 15,000 Coronavirus-Related Deaths, Adds Over 2,500 More Cases

Nearly 140 new COVID-related deaths reported in the state Wednesday

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Florida's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 15,000 Wednesday, as the state added more than 2,500 new COVID-19 cases

The state's official death toll was at 15,084, according to the Florida Department of Health's dashboard.

That figure includes 14,904 Florida resident deaths, an increase of 137 since Tuesday, as well as 180 non-resident deaths, two more than were reported Tuesday.

Many deaths reported by the state happened days or weeks earlier, as it takes time to confirm causes of death.

The 2,582 new COVID-19 cases brought Florida's total to 722,707, according to the state's dashboard.

The positivity rate for all cases reported Wednesday was 5.33%, dropping below Tuesday's 6.83%, the highest that number has been in two weeks.

The positivity rate of new cases was 4.15%, also below Tuesday's 5.25%.

In South Florida, Miami-Dade had 173,280 cases, an increase of about 430 since Tuesday, along with 3,368 COVID-related deaths, a daily increase of 19.

In Broward County, there were 78,374 COVID-19 cases reported, a daily increase of about 240, along with 1,440 virus-related deaths, 11 more than Tuesday.

Palm Beach County had 47,384 cases and 1,408 virus-related deaths Wednesday, while Monroe County had 1,895 cases and 23 deaths.

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