COVID-19 deaths top 77,500 in Florida

By the News Service of Florida, August 1, 2022.

More than 77,500 Florida residents have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in early 2020, a new report by the state Department of Health shows.

The report, issued Friday, said 77,565 residents had died of the virus, up from 76,662 in a July 15 report.

Because of lags in reporting, it is not clear when the additional deaths occurred.

The new report also said 73,347 residents tested positive for COVID-19 from July 22 through Thursday.

The state has had more than 66,000 new cases in each of the past 10 weeks — and more than 71,000 new cases in eight of the weeks.

Florida has seen an increase in cases this summer as subvariants of the coronavirus have spread.

Editor’s note:  The coronavirus isn’t done with us yet. Get vaccinated, socially distance and mask indoors!