STATEWIDE —The Florida Department of Health reported on Friday 11,433 new COVID-19 cases and another 93 deaths.
Meanwhile, the state's overall positivity rate of cases stands at 10.07 percent.
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Of the 11,000-plus cases reported Friday, 1,974 were in Central Florida.
Orange County saw an additional 553 cases and nine deaths. Polk reported 405 new cases, Volusia counted 220, and Osceola County saw another 192.
Five deaths were reported in Volusia County. Two people died in Marion County. One person died in Brevard.
In the Bay area, 2,352 cases were announced Friday with seven deaths. The death number is a deep decline from the 40 deaths announced Thursday.
The deaths included three in Hillsborough, two in Pinellas and another two in Polk.
Statewide, a total of 4,203 people have died as a result of the virus.
Friday's data, which also included 435 more people hospitalized because of COVID-19, came from a total of 64,356 conducted tests.
DeSantis Disagrees With Fauci on Florida Reopening
Gov. DeSantis was asked for a coronavirus update during a news conference about electric vehicles Friday.
DeSantis said the testing site at the Orange County Convention Center performed about 64,000 tests. He says that’s tops in the state, but results are still taking too long to get back.
“We have some ways with self-swabbing and certain labs are dedicated to that," DeSantis explained. "Potentially to improve the turnaround for at least some of the test takers."
He also wants other changes to speed up the process — like making lanes for people who are already symptomatic so they can get their results processed quicker.
DeSantis also disagreed with the nation's infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said in an interview on Five Thirty-Eight's podcast Thursday that he felt Florida skipped milestones and reopened too fast.
“We did Phase one at the beginning of May," DeSantis stated. "Our best test results were May and the first two weeks of June. We were 5 percent or under that whole time.”
When it came to answering questions about the school system opening too quickly the governor stood firm, saying children should be back in school.
“I don’t think there is anyone who can make an argument that this is especially risky for kids for whatever reason,” DeSantis said.
The governor also touched on unemployment a bit Friday, and did assure people that the state will put people back to work, and that the state has paid out over $9.5 billion so far in unemployment.