COVID-19 in Florida: What you need to know Friday, Aug. 28

Florida added 3,815 new COVID-19 cases and 99 resident deaths Friday, according to data from the state Department of Health.

Friday marked the sixth consecutive day with fewer than 4,000 new cases reported, which has not happened since June 15-19. Florida’s cumulative case total is now 615,806. The state’s overall positivity rate was 13.45.% Friday. 

The reported death toll for Florida residents since the pandemic began is now at 10,957. So far in August, 4,114 Florida residents have been verified as having died of COVID-19 complications, making this the deadliest month for fatalities since the pandemic began.

More: Coronavirus testing in Florida down sharply from last month’s peak

The number of Florida residents hospitalized with COVID-19 is 38,029 since the pandemic began. The Department of Health notes the total figure is cumulative and does not reflect the number of COVID-19 patients currently in hospitals.

Here’s a breakdown of the latest numbers in Florida:


  • Total cases: 615,806
  • Deaths of Florida residents: 10,957
  • Hospitalizations: 38,029


  • Total tests: 4,535,184
  • Positive: 609,074
  • Negative: 3,919,246
  • % positive: 13.45%

Deaths in long-term care facilities

  • Total: 4,620

Top 5 cities with confirmed cases

  • Miami: 91,499
  • Orlando: 26,326
  • Jacksonville: 24,160
  • Hialeah: 22,092
  • Tampa: 21,847

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