ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported an additional 6,684 COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
The new cases bring the state’s total number of cases since the pandemic began to 2,191,038.
On Thursday the state also reported an additional 84 virus-related deaths. Those deaths bring the state’s total death toll from the virus to 35,378.
Only one Central Florida county reported new deaths. That was Volusia County where two additional deaths were reported.
Florida leads the nation in the number of people infected with a mutation of COVID-19. Orange County alone currently has 234 cases and it’s picking up speed.
Between last week and this week’s COVID-19 briefing, 51 new cases of variants were identified in the county.
Those are mostly the U.K. variant, but some people have been infected with the more deadly and more contagious South African variant in Florida.
“The viruses mutate and there could be this potential that they would gain some kind of mutation that would enable them to cause more severe disease or to be able to spread more efficiently,” said epidemiologist Alvina Chu, with the Orange County Health Department.
Click here to read more about the recent increase in variant cases in Orange County.
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: 133,211 (+495); DEATHS: 1,231 (0)
OSCEOLA: CASES: 42,927 (+210); DEATHS: 496 (0)
SEMINOLE: CASES: 32,858 (+160); DEATHS: 482 (0)
POLK: CASES: 65,791 (+270); DEATHS: 1,292 (-4)
VOLUSIA: CASES: 41,814 (+162); DEATHS: 775 (+2)
BREVARD: CASES: 39,883 (+138); DEATHS: 847 (0)
FLAGLER: CASES: 7,103 (+23); DEATHS: 106 (0)
LAKE: CASES: 28,645 (+103); DEATHS: 622 (0)
MARION: CASES: 30,234 (+61); DEATHS: 948 (0)
SUMTER: CASES: 9,163 (+27); DEATHS: 273 (0)