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No Slowing in Fla., as New COVID Cases Top 10K

With yet another record shattering increase, the state announced 10,109 new coronavirus cases Thursday bringing the total number of cases to 169,106.

The previous record high increase occurred last Saturday when the state reported 9,585 new cases.

The announcement follows June's record high number of new coronavirus cases at 102,005, nearly quadruple the nearly 28,000 people reported infected in April.

The number of new cases in Volusia and Flagler counties also exceeded the number of new cases the state reported in April, which was the previous peak in cases both statewide and locally. This is the 29th day that the state's number has exceeded 1,000 new cases.

Meanwhile, Volusia County added 153 new coronavirus cases, bringing the county's total number of cases to 2,372.

On Sunday, Volusia County had its highest increase in new cases at 188. In June there were 1,314 new cases, more then double the previous peak at 543 in April.

Flagler County added 17 new cases, bringing the county's total number of cases to 340.

In June, Flagler County had a total of 139 new cases, exceeding the previous peak of 115 new cases in April.

There were no new deaths in Flagler County, leaving the total deaths at five.

Of the state's cases, 166,303 are Florida residents and 2,803 are non-residents.

Due to the increasing number of cases, on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide is suspended, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced.

On Monday, Jacksonville made it mandatory to wear masks when in public, joining several other municipalities across the state including St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Orange County. Other Volusia County cities are also considering mask rules.

There were 67 new COVID-19 related deaths Wednesday, bringing the state's total to 3,617.
The percentage of people who test positive daily has continued to grow since June 9 when the number was just over 5%. On Thursday, the rate was 14.5%.

Overall, the state's positivity rate, calculated by using the total number of people tested for the virus and the total number of people who have tested positive, is 8%, up nearly 2% from last week.

Nationwide, states must have a positivity rate of less than 10% to begin a phased-in reopening of businesses such as gyms, bars and movie theaters. Florida started Phase 2 on June 5, which allowed bars and movie theaters to reopen. Phase 1 began May 4.


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