State reports 252 more deaths linked to coronavirus, including 40 in Central Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health said Thursday that another 252 people have died throughout the state from illness linked to COVID-19.

That’s the highest number of deaths reported in a single day since record-keeping began earlier this year.

The previous high was a day earlier, when state officials reported 217 deaths.

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Florida’s coronavirus-related death toll now stands at 6,709.


Of the 252 latest deaths, 40 were reported in Central Florida, including 13 in Brevard County, 11 in Polk County, nine in Orange County, three in Osceola County, two in Volusia County and one each in Marion and Sumter counties.

The number of new positive cases reported on Thursday was 9,956, causing the total number of positive COVID-19 tests in Florida to climb to 461,379.

The additional 43,396 negative tests statewide noted in Thursday’s data brought the total to 3,117,73 since testing began.

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

Orange: 28,591 (+400)

Polk: 12,281 (+222)

Osceola: 8,281 (+151)

Seminole: 6,419 (+86)

Brevard: 5,333 (+79)

Volusia: 6,707 (+135)

Flagler: 867 (+17)

Lake: 4,408 (+82)

Marion: 4,682 (+368)

Sumter: 1,058 (+13)

Click here to find out where to find COVID-19 testing in Central Florida.