Florida reports third day in a row of less than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported an additional 3,312 COVID-19 cases on Monday.

The new cases bring the total number in the state since the pandemic began to 1,948,307.

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Monday marked the third day in a row that the state reported fewer than 5,000 new cases.

Orange County reported the largest increase in cases with 162.

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On Monday, the state also reported an additional 83 deaths across the state. That brings the total virus-related death toll in the state to 32,349.

The latest increases come as trials of an experimental drug that would fight the COVID-19 virus appear to show the medication stops the virus from replicating in the body, making it the first oral antiviral to do so, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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The drug, called molnupiravir, is being developed by Ridgeback Biotherapeutics and is in pill form.

“We are very pleased to share our initial Phase 2 infectivity data,” Dr. Wendy Painter, chief medical officer of Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, said.

Click here to read more about the ongoing trials.

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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: 116,529 (+162)

Polk: 58,205 (+89)

Osceola: 37,566 (+69)

Volusia: 35,267 (+108)

Brevard: 34,833 (+66)

Marion: 28,108 (+34)

Seminole: 27,844 (+52)

Lake: 25,192 (+36)

Sumter: 8,206 (+14)

Flagler: 6,147 (+12)

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.