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COVID-19 updates: Florida reports 7,000 new coronavirus cases, 140 more deaths

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Department of Health officials reported a total of 7,170 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, with 1,300 of those cases in Central Florida.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 1,918,100 cases of the virus reported in Florida.

The number of negative COVID-19 tests in the state increased by 12,169, bringing the total number of cases to 9,204,958.

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The state on Tuesday also reported 136 additional COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the state’s death toll of residents and nonresidents to 31,696.

Of the most recent COVID-19-related deaths, 28 were reported in Central Florida, including 10 in Polk County, six in Lake, five in Brevard, three in Marion and two each in both Orange and Volusia counties.

Flagler, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter counties reported no deaths.

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On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said that Florida is expected to receive 175,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week.

The news comes as DeSantis also announced that he’d signed an executive order opening up vaccinations for teachers, law enforcement officers and firefighters, age 50 and older.

He said he thinks the demand for vaccines among those 65 and older is decreasing, observing that places like Publix pharmacies are seeing a slowdown in how quickly appointments are booked.

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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: 114,841 (307) DEATHS 1,106 (2)

OSCEOLA CASES: 36,981 (142) DEATHS 448 (0)

SEMINOLE CASES: 27,384 (122) DEATHS 430 (0)

POLK: CASES: 57,339 (189) DEATHS 1150 (10)

VOLUSIA: CASES: 34,680 (115) DEATHS 665 (2)

BREVARD CASES: 34,212 (142) DEATHS 751 (5)

FLAGLER CASES: 6,008 (37) DEATHS 92 (0)

LAKE CASES: 24,744 (109) DEATHS 566 (6)

MARION CASES: 27,750 (87) DEATHS 806 (3)

SUMTER CASES: 8,071 (50) DEATHS 238 (0)

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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