Florida reports more than 9,800 new COVID-19 cases as governor announces plan to expand Publix vaccination program

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported more than 9,800 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday as the governor traveled across the state to announce new expansions to the Publix vaccination program.

The latest cases include 2,176 in Central Florida.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that Brevard County, which reported 258 new cases and nine additional virus-related deaths, is joining the pilot COVID-19 vaccination program through Publix pharmacies.

DeSantis said 22 Publix pharmacies in the county would begin offering the vaccine this week. He said people aged 65 and older would be able to sign up for appointments on Wednesday, with the first shots being given on Thursday. Exact store locations have not been announced. Click here for more information about making appointments.

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As of Tuesday, Florida’s death toll continued to climb, reaching 24,820 with 163 new deaths reported.

Find out where the vaccine is available in your county by clicking here.

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

Orange: CASES: 94,273 (+674), DEATHS: 850 (+3)

Polk: CASES: 46,137 (+284), DEATHS: 895 (+4)

Osceola: CASES: 30,920 (+228), DEATHS: 331 (+1)

Volusia: CASES: 27,790 (+248), DEATHS: 478 (+2)

Brevard: CASES: 26,488 (+258), DEATHS: 591 (+9)

Marion: CASES: 22,424 (+158), DEATHS: 553 (+2)

Seminole: CASES: 22,161 (+107), DEATHS: 340 (0)

Lake: CASES: 19,713 (+166), DEATHS: 378 (+1)

Sumter: CASES: 6,485 (+24), DEATHS: 157 (0)

Flagler: CASES: 4,764 (+29), DEATHS: 53 (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.