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Florida reports more than 15,000 new coronavirus cases, shattering record

Healthcare workers wait for patients at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at the Duke Energy for the Arts Mahaffey Theater on July 8, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Octavio Jones

Florida reported 15,299 confirmed coronavirus cases in a single day on Sunday, the largest surge in infections since the start of the pandemic that brings the state’s total number of cases to 269,811. 

The Florida Department of Health also reported that 45 more people died on Sunday from the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 4,346.  

The state’s positivity rate of COVID-19 tests was 11.25% with a total of 142,981 people tested on Saturday. It’s the lowest positivity rate since the end of June as more people receive tests. 

As the virus spreads, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended on-premise alcohol consumption at bars but has rejected calls to issue a statewide mask mandate. 

And despite the skyrocketing COVID-19 cases, Disney started a phased reopening of its theme parks in Florida, with leadership boasting of new safety measures and altered operations

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