ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health reported more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday.
Since the pandemic began, the state reported 771,780 cases of the virus. Health officials reported a total of 3,689 new COVID-19 cases Friday.
Of the new cases, 694 were reported in Central Florida counties.
Despite the recent numbers, doctors from AdventHealth said they are optimistic Florida may not see a major spike in cases this fall.
“I think we are over the hump. Case in point, at least in the state of Florida, we’ve leveled things out,” Dr. Michael Keating said.
Keating said he thinks with the precautions in place, Florida can avoid the “storm” of cases the state saw in previous months.
On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said that he will loosen restrictions on visitors to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Florida.
Last month, the governor announced visitations at facilities would be allowed to resume, but visitors had to make appointments and wear personal protection equipment.
Under the new rules, facilities will be required to allow outdoor visits, even if a facility has reported a case of COVID-19.
Health officials reported 74 coronavirus-related deaths in the state Friday. Thirty of the 75 deaths were reported in Central Florida.
According to the latest data released by the state, the number of COVID-19-related deaths of residents and nonresidents now stands at 16,544.
In the most recent data, Osceola, Seminole and Marion counties reported a negative number of deaths. It is not clear why the reported deaths were taken out of the data.
See a county-by-county breakdown of total (and new) cases below, and click here for an interactive map of cases statewide:
Orange: 44,605 (+170) - 537 deaths (+5)
Osceola: 13,778 (+75) - 185 deaths (-1)
Seminole: 9,928 (+34) - 235 deaths (-1)
Polk: 22,332 (+76) - 602 deaths (+9)
Volusia: 12,288 (+108) - 316 deaths (+1)
Brevard: 10,849 (+102) - 367 deaths (+15)
Flagler: 2,052 (+17) - 37 deaths (+0)
Lake: 8,387 (+51) - 227 deaths (+0)
Marion: 10,630 (+37) - 341 deaths (-1)
Sumter: 2,826 (+24) - 83 deaths (+0)
© 2021 Cox Media Group