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Florida passes 700K confirmed COVID-19 cases

State on Sunday reports 1,882 new coronavirus cases, 12 additional deaths

FILE - A medical worker places a swab in a vial while testing the homeless for COVID-19 through the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
FILE - A medical worker places a swab in a vial while testing the homeless for COVID-19 through the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida has recorded more than 700,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to statistics released Sunday by the state Department of Health.

The state on Sunday reported 1,882 new confirmed cases and 12 additional deaths related to COVID-19, including one in Nassau County.

Overall, Florida has reported 700,564 cases and 14,202 deaths since March.

On Sunday, there were 2,101 people hospitalized with the virus, or eight fewer than the day before.

The positivity rate from coronavirus testing in both Florida and Duval County has dipped below 5% — the level that health officials believe shows limited community spread. The Florida Department of Health said Sunday that the state’s positivity rate Saturday was 4.08%, while Duval County’s was 3.57%.

Duval County added 93 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the county’s total to 30,207 cases.

Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday and banned local fines against people who refuse to wear masks as he seeks to reopen the state’s economy.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, breathing trouble, sore throat, muscle pain, and loss of taste or smell. Most people develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia.