Florida reports 18,608 new COVID-19 cases as trends inch downward

Students wearing face masks wait in a courtyard for classes to start at Barbara Coleman Senior High School, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Miami Lakes. (Marta Lavandier, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Florida’s health department reported another 18,608 new COVID-19 cases to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assigned to Monday.

The state’s 7-day moving average for new cases has now dropped under 21,000 for the first time since Aug. 9, according to the latest CDC data on Tuesday. The current 7-day average is 20,901 new cases per day.

The United States is averaging 149,263 new cases per day over the past week, meaning Florida is accounting for 14% of them.

The 18,608 cases in the state assigned to Monday followed 13,022 Sunday and 17,690 on Saturday.

A single-day record 27,802 new cases were reported Thursday in Florida, according to the CDC.

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Eight additional Florida deaths associated with COVID-19 were reported Tuesday, raising the death toll to 44,561 since the start of the pandemic. The state’s case total has reached 3,250,454, the CDC metrics show.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are also trending downward from their recent peak, according to the Florida Hospital Association, which tallied 15,387 admissions across the state Tuesday.

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