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Florida adds 10,603 coronavirus cases, 100 deaths

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida posted 10,603 new COVID-19 infections and the state’s death toll from the pandemic ticked upward by 100 Floridians and visitors, the state Department of Health reported Sunday.

Four of the deaths reported Sunday were in Northeast Florida: two in Duval County and two in Putnam County.

Since the outbreak began, the state has recorded 1,365,436 people infected with the disease. In all, 22,310 have died.

The new numbers come after a record surge in new cases. On New Year’s Eve, the state reported the highest daily jump in COVID-19 cases ever detected in Florida, with 17,192 new cases.

On Saturday, health officials reported a two-day total 31,518 new cases of the coronavirus and 217 additional deaths.

As of Sunday afternoon, 6,969 people were hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

The statewide positivity rate based on Saturday’s testing was 12.43%, the health department said Sunday.

According to the state’s vaccination dashboard, 5,213 first doses were administered Saturday, bringing the total in the state to 255,808.

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.