Florida reports highest daily COVID-19 case increase since August

State has now reported over 752,000 cases of coronavirus since March

A lab technician begins semi-automated testing for COVID-19 at Northwell Health Labs on March 11 in Lake Success, New York. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)
A lab technician begins semi-automated testing for COVID-19 at Northwell Health Labs on March 11 in Lake Success, New York. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida continued its steady increase in the number of coronavirus cases reported daily with 4,004 COVID-19 cases added in Saturday’s report from the state health department.

Not counting an issue last weekend that led to two days' data being reported Sunday, that marks the first time since Aug. 22 that Florida reported more than 4,000 cases in a single day.

With 23,560 cases reported in the last eight days, Florida’s daily average of new coronavirus cases in October is slowly increasing. A week ago, the state was averaging about 2,500 cases a day. Now, that average is 2,703 cases a day for the first 17 days of October.

Florida has now reported a total of 752,481 cases since the pandemic began.

There were 147 additional cases in Duval County in the last 24 hours, with 105 more in Alachua, 57 in Clay and 44 in St. Johns. No other local county added more than 20 cases.

Florida added 88 more coronavirus deaths in Saturday’s report, bringing the total to 16,118 COVID-19 deaths of residents and non-residents since the pandemic began.

Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Columbia and Putnam counties added one new death each. There were no new deaths reported in Jacksonville, which has seen 505 coronavirus deaths since March.

Florida and Duval County daily increases since June 1