Florida COVID-19 deaths top 77,500

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ALLAHASSEE – More than 77,500 Florida residents have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in early 2020. T

hat’s according to a new report by the state Department of Health. T

he report states that 77,565 residents had died of the virus, up from 76,662 in a July 15 report. Because of lags in reporting, it is not clear when the additional deaths occurred. T

he new report also said 73,347 residents tested positive for COVID-19 from July 22 through Thursday. T

he state has had more than 66,000 new cases in each of the past 10 weeks – and more than 71,000

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