COVID-19 in Florida: What you need to know Monday, Aug. 31

Florida added 1,885 new COVID-19 cases and 68 new resident deaths Monday, according to data from the state Department of Health.

The number of total confirmed cases announced Monday was the lowest daily increase since 1,758 were announced June 15.

Monday marked the ninth consecutive day with fewer than 4,000 new cases reported. The state’s overall positivity rate was 13.42%. 

A total of 153,085 new cases of the coronavirus were announced in August.

The reported death toll for Florida residents since the pandemic began is now at 11,187. A total of 4,344 Florida residents were verified as having died of COVID-19 complications in August, making this the deadliest month for fatalities since the pandemic began.

In July, 3,338 Florida residents were verified as having died of COVID-19 complications.

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The number of Florida residents hospitalized with COVID-19 is 38,495 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: 623,471
  • Deaths of Florida residents: 11,187
  • Hospitalizations: 38,495


  • Total tests: 4,603,050
  • Positive: 616,629
  • Negative: 3,979,430
  • % positive: 13.42%

Deaths in long-term care facilities

  • Total: 4,702

Top 5 cities with confirmed cases

  • Miami: 92,380
  • Orlando: 26,624
  • Jacksonville: 24,428
  • Hialeah: 22,281
  • Tampa: 22,141

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