Florida COVID-19 death toll tops 36,000 as governor blocks local mask mandates

ORLANDO, Fla. — As of Monday, more than 36,000 people in Florida have died from causes related to the coronavirus.

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State health officials reported an additional 41 virus-related deaths in the state, bringing Florida’s total death toll since the pandemic began to 36,009.

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Of the latest deaths, 15 were reported in Central Florida, including five in Seminole County.

On Monday, the state also reported 3,075 new cases of the virus.

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That brings the total number of cases in the state since the pandemic began to 2,245,853.

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The increases come as Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday morning that he was suspending all local government emergency orders related to COVID-19 effective immediately, including mask mandates. Click here to read more.

Channel 9 reached out to Central Florida counties to see how DeSantis’ order will impact local mask mandates. You can click here to watch that story live NOW on Channel 9 Eyewitness News.

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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: 137,157 (+190) -- 1,252 (+0)

Polk: 68,114 (+135) --1,310 (+0)

Osceola: 44,381 (+79) --502 (+2)

Volusia: 42,960 (+56) --796 (+4)

Brevard: 41,183 (+64) --862 (+1)

Marion: 30,949 (+36) --958 (+3)

Seminole: 33,885 (+52) --493 (+5)

Lake: 29,468 (+39) --633 (+0)

Sumter: 9,294 (+13) --275 (+0)

Flagler: 7,245 (+15) --111 (+0)

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.