TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s skyrocketing coronavirus death rate is now higher than any other state, edging out Texas, which has about 25% more people.
Florida recorded another 134 deaths Tuesday, bringing its daily average for the past week to 115, topping the 112 deaths a day Texas has reported during that time, Associated Press statistics show. A month ago, Florida was averaging 33 coronavirus deaths a day.
Overall, 5,317 people have died in Florida from COVID-19 since March 1 and nearly 370,000 have tested positive for the disease. About 19% of tests have returned positive in Florida over the last week, compared to 10% a month ago and 2.3% in late May.
The state reported that an additional 517 people have been admitted to hospitals with the disease.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has a scheduled news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the outbreak.
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