Florida reports the most COVID-19 cases since July for second day in a row

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida health officials reported 11,699 new cases of COVID-19, marking the second day in a row that cases have been the highest since July.

The cases surpass the 11,335 reported on Thursday, which was the highest day since July.

To date, there have been 1,106,396 cases of COVID-19 reported in the state. Florida marks the third state to surpass the 1-million-cases milestone, joining Texas and California.

There were another 126 deaths linked to the virus, according to the Florida Department of Health. Of the recent deaths, 20 were reported in Central Florida.

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The state’s death toll now stand at 19,977, according to the most recent report.

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A list of COVID-19 testing sites in Orange County can be found here.

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With Florida possibly only days away from receiving its first doses of the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine, many people are wondering when they may be eligible to get the shot.

To give people across the country an idea of when they may be able to get vaccinated from the virus, The New York Times launched a tool for people to calculate where they fall in the long line of Americans looking to get vaccinated.

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As of Friday, we continue to wait for the FDA to approve the first COVID-19 vaccine, which could come Friday or Saturday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is not sure what the Pfizer vaccine distribution is going to look like after the first week, but Moderna will hopefully be approved soon. So we will get those most vulnerable vaccinated in a couple months.

The first shipment will land at AdventHealth hospital where those who qualify could get vaccinated on Tuesday. Florida will receive almost 180,000 doses.

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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.

Orange: CASES: 62,522 (+825) DEATHS: 678 (+1)

Osceola: CASES: 21,056 (+238) DEATHS: 266 (0)

Seminole: CASES: 14,982 (+217) DEATHS: 294 (+3)

Polk: CASES: 30,628 (+263) DEATHS: 721 (+4)

Volusia: CASES: 18,239 (+197) DEATHS: 389 (+1)

Brevard: CASES: 17,444 (+211) DEATHS: 473 (+8)

Flagler: CASES: 2,995 (+27) DEATHS: 46 (0)

Lake: CASES: 11,985 (+187) DEATHS: 267 (+2)

Marion: CASES: 14,598 (+174) DEATHS: 413 (0)

Sumter: CASES: 3,947 (+54) DEATHS: 102 (+1)

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.