Florida reports more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases, 92 virus-related deaths

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported an additional 5,062 coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

Of those cases, 1,221 of those cases were reported in Central Florida.

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The latest cases bring the total number in the state since the pandemic began to 2,052,441.

The state also reported an additional 92 deaths on Tuesday, including 33 in Central Florida.

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Of those deaths, 10 were reported in Polk County and 14 in Sumter County.

The latest deaths bring the total death toll from the virus to 33,983.

The increases come as more than 93 million Americans report having received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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As more people are being vaccinated, questions are changing from “how do I find a vaccine” to “how long will the vaccine protect me?”

The challenge of discovering how long you are protected by the COVID-19 vaccine is that the vaccines in use in the U.S. have not been around for very long, so scientists only have a few months of research information to draw conclusions about how long their protection lasts.

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The good news is that information appears to indicate protection for some time.

Researchers say they are seeing that those who have had COVID-19 and recovered appear to have long-term immunity that lasts for at least six to eight months, and could last years.

Click here to read more about what we know about vaccine immunity so far.

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

Orange: CASES: 123,352 (+334); DEATHS: 1,185 (+3)

Polk: CASES: 61,019 (+167); DEATHS: 1,247 (+10)

Osceola: CASES: 39,521 (+110); DEATHS: 484 (+2)

Volusia: CASES: 38,069 (+174); DEATHS: 716 (0)

Brevard: CASES: 37,116 (+104); DEATHS: 807 (+1)

Marion: CASES: 28,996 (+45); DEATHS: 918 (+2)

Seminole: CASES: 29,955 (+139); DEATHS: 466 (0)

Lake: CASES: 26,604 (+97); DEATHS: 601 (+1)

Sumter: CASES: 8,780 (+25); DEATHS: 258 (+14)

Flagler: CASES: 6,655 (+26); DEATHS: 96 (0)

Sarah Wilson

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.

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