Florida reports more than 19,500 new COVID-19 cases as state virus-related death toll tops 23,000

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported more than 19,500 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

Those new cases include more than 4,300 cases in Central Florida with the largest increase – 1,392 cases – in Orange County.

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The state also reported an additional 194 deaths, including 18 in Central Florida.

Florida’s death toll has now topped 23,000 deaths including residents and non-residents.

The CDC also reported that nearly half of all of the U.S. cases of a mutated and more contagious strain of the coronavirus have been reported in Florida.

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A CDC map shows that Florida had 22 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant that emerged in Britain. California has reported 26 cases, Colorado has two, and New York and Georgia have each reported one case.

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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: 84,854 (+1,392), DEATHS: 777 (0)

Polk: CASES: 41,620 (+637), DEATHS: 828 (+7)

Osceola: CASES: 27,934 (+365), DEATHS: 305 (0)

Volusia: CASES: 24,890 (+337), DEATHS: 461 (+1)

Brevard: CASES: 23,513 (+410), DEATH: 540 (+5)

Seminole: CASES: 20,103 (+300), DEATHS: 320 (+1)

Marion:  CASES: 20,040 (+455), DEATHS: 498 (+2)

Lake: CASES: 17,489 (+261), DEATHS: 331 (0)

Sumter:  CASES: 5,829 (+109), DEATHS: 122 (0)

Flagler: CASES: 4,220 (+66), DEATHS: 50 (+2)

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.