Florida reports 5,100 new COVID-19 cases, 76 virus-related deaths

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported an additional 5,178 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

The new cases bring the total number of cases in the state to 2,222,546.

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The state also reported 76 virus-related deaths on Wednesday. Of those deaths, 10 were reported in Central Florida, including four in Brevard County.

The latest deaths bring the state’s total death toll from the virus to 35,722. Florida reported an additional 5,271 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

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That brings the total number of cases in the state since the pandemic began to 2,217,368.

Officials at the pharmaceutical company Pfizer say they expect that a pill that treats COVID-19 will be available to the public by the end of the year.

READ: Coronavirus: Pfizer CEO says COVID-19 pill could be ready by end of the year

Albert Bourla, the company’s CEO, said Tuesday he expected the experimental oral drug would be effective against multiple variants of the virus. The drug, Bourla said, would be used to treat those with the virus at the onset of symptoms in hopes that it would keep people from having to go to the hospital for treatment.

The new drug is a protease inhibitor, or a drug that fights a virus by blocking an enzyme that the virus needs to make copies of itself in human cells. Click here to read more about it.

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See a county-by-county breakdown of total (and new) coronavirus cases below, and click here for an interactive map of cases statewide:

Orange: CASES: 135,544 (+416); DEATHS: 1,239 (+0)

Polk: CASES: 67,107 (+185); DEATHS: 1,302 (+1)

Osceola: CASES: 43,772 (+144); DEATHS: 498 (+0)

Volusia: CASES: 42,503 (+126); DEATHS: 787 (+1)

Brevard: CASES: 40,660 (+122); DEATHS: 858 (+4)

Marion: CASES: 30,615 (+77); DEATHS: 947 (+0)

Seminole: CASES: 33,457 (+92); DEATHS: 487 (+1)

Lake: CASES: 29,140 (+113); DEATHS: 624 (+3)

Sumter: CASES: 9,234 (+14); DEATHS: 275 (+0)

Flagler: CASES: 7,172 (+11); DEATHS: 108 (-1)

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.