ORLANDO, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health on Saturday reported 31,518 more positive COVID-19 cases. The new numbers bring the statewide total to 1,354,833.
It's important to note that the department did not report numbers on New Year's Day, so the new numbers are a combination of what would've been reported on Friday.
The death toll rose by 217. There are now 21,890 Florida residents dead from the virus.
New Year's Eve had the highest one-day total of cases since July with a total of 17,192 cases and a positivity rate of 13.2%.
Dozens of cars lined up early at COVID-19 testing sites in Central Florida on Saturday after being closed on New Year's Day.
There were at least 100 cars lined up at the Barnett Park location in Orlando before the site even opened at 9 a.m. According to the Florida Association of Public Information Officers, the wait time at the Orange County Convention Center site was at 2 1/2 hours around 11 a.m. The site closed its gates at 2:30 p.m. to allow all of the cars in line to get tested.
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