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For the second time in the past three days, Florida reported a daily record for COVID-19 deaths.
On Thursday, the state Department of Health announced an additional 156 Florida residents died of COVID-19 complications, an 18 percent increase over the previous daily high of 132 reported on Tuesday.
The seven-day average for deaths statewide increased to 95.4 Thursday, more than double the average on July 6. (47.29). There have now been a total of 4,677 Florida residents who have died as a result of COVID-19.
The state also reported its second-highest positive cases Thursday, with 13,965, increasing Florida's cumulative total to 315,775.
Thursday was the 23nd consecutive day with at least 5,000 positive cases in the state and the sixth time in the past seven days Florida has reported 10,000 positive cases or more.
The number of Florida residents hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 19,825 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.
The state has counted more than 254,000 new coronavirus cases since its Phase 2 reopening began on June 5 (61,488). Bars were closed for the second time during the pandemic June 26 to try to limit the spread of the virus.
The cumulative percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Florida increased to 11.2% Wednesday. The seven-day average positive percentage slightly declined to 15.3%.