Florida COVID-19 death toll tops 18,000 as state reports more than 9,000 new cases

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported 9,085 new coronavirus cases on Thursday.

To date, there have been 914,333 cases of COVID-19 statewide.

State health officials also reported another 81 deaths linked to COVID-19. Of those, 21 were reported in Central Florida, including nine in Osceola County.

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According to the state, Florida’s death toll now stands at 18,030. Of those, 220 were not Florida residents.

Total deaths in the United States attributed to the novel coronavirus surpassed a quarter of a million late Wednesday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

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In addition, the nation has recorded nearly half a million new COVID-19 cases since Sunday, bringing the overall total to 11,485,176, or roughly 20% of all global cases.

The official U.S. virus-related death count hit 250,029 on Wednesday evening. Read more about the total number of cases in the U.S. here.

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Gov. Ron Desantis said Thursday that Florida’s hospitals will “hopefully” receive COVID-19 vaccines in the next three to six weeks, pending FDA approval.

One of the first hospitals to get a vaccine locally will be AdventHealth. Click here to read more about the vaccine and how it may be distributed in Central Florida.

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

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY

Orange: 53,384 (+522) - 619 (+6)

Osceola: 16,693 (+202) - 238 (+9)

Seminole: 11,887 (+101) - 261 (+2)

Polk: 25,897 (+201) - 656 (-1)

Volusia: 14,681 (+118) - 351 (+1)

Brevard: 14,112 (+164) - 418 (+2)

Flagler: 2,484 (+18) - 41 (+0)

Lake: 9,872 (+57) - 243 (0)

Marion: 12,061 (+109) - 372 (+1)

Sumter: 3,230 (+18) - 91 (+0)

Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.

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.