The Florida Department of Health reported 2,539 new cases of COVID-19 for Oct. 17 in its latest statewide report.
It’s a number that bucks a five-day trend of an increasing case count, however, weekends do tend to show lower numbers — new cases and the number of Florida residents tested per day, too.
Still, the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing: Sunday’s report brings the total to 755,020 COVID-19 cases statewide since March. Nationally, the trend of new COVID-19 infections continues to trend higher, with the number of cases reported daily the highest since July.
The state also reported another 50 Floridians had died after testing positive for coronavirus. That brings the total to 15,967 residents and 201 non-residents who have died since the pandemic began.
Those numbers do not necessarily mean those people died Saturday but rather the state learned of their deaths and added the numbers to the report that day. The state’s line-by-line report, which you can read here, lists coronavirus deaths by the date the people tested positive for the virus, not the date they passed.