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Coronavirus: Florida reports 1,838 new cases, hopes to avoid Labor Day spike

Officials are hoping the Labor Day holiday weekend doesn't bring a COVID-19 spike like the one seen after Memorial Day.
Officials are hoping the Labor Day holiday weekend doesn't bring a COVID-19 spike like the one seen after Memorial Day. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Florida reported 1,838 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the lowest daily increase since mid-June.

As the numbers continue in an encouraging direction and the Labor Day holiday weekend concludes, local leaders are urging residents and visitors to remain vigilant, fearing another spike like was seen after Memorial Day.

The state is now up to 648,269 confirmed cases, 11,871 resident deaths and 40,083 hospitalizations attributed to the novel coronavirus since the start of the outbreak, according to the state health department’s dashboard.

At least another 152 nonresidents have died from COVID-19 in Florida, bringing the total above 12,000.

Of the 22 new deaths reported statewide Monday, three were in Miami-Dade County, five in Broward, three in Monroe and two in Palm Beach County.

The statewide positivity rate from yesterday’s tests was 4.55%, continuing a trend of encouraging numbers in that category.

The statewide positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.44% and the two-week positivity rate is 5.56%.

A look at Florida's COVID-19 positivity rate over recent days. (Florida Department of Health)

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