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The Latest: Florida has 4,300 new cases, 106 virus deaths

FILE – In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., as the theme park reopened for season pass holders and will open to the general public two days later. As of August 2020, the state has had more than half a million confirmed cases and 35,000 hospitalizations, yet DeSantis still hasn’t issued a mask mandate. Some local governments have. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla:-  Florida recorded 4,300 new cases and 106 coronavirus deaths on Saturday.

The state is registering an average of 156 coronavirus deaths per day this month, which likely makes COVID-19 the state’s No. 1 killer during that period. Cancer and heart disease each average about 125 deaths per day, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The number of new cases continues a downward trend from more than 10,000 cases per day a month ago. During the past week, the state’s positivity rate on tests has been 10.8%.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have been declining. On Saturday, 4,773 patients were treated for the disease in Florida hospitals compared to Friday’s 4,909 and Thursday’s 5,340. That number has fallen from a peak above 9,500 on July 23.

Overall, the state has nearly 600,000 confirmed cases since March 1 and 10,410 deaths.

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