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!