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UPDATED: Number of Confirmed Florida COVID-19 Cases Nears 8,000

As of Wednesday evening, Florida has 7,773 confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of 818 since Wednesday morning and over 1,000 in 24 hours.

The latest numbers posted by the Florida Department of Health also reflect 14 more deaths as a result of COVID-19, which brings the state’s total to 101.

Of the total cases, Palm Beach County has 616. It also has the most deaths of any county in the state at this point, with 22 fatalities.

The cities of Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach have nearly half the confirmed cases in the county.

Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer said his city’s high number of cases is a combination of the 225,000 people who live in the city and its suburbs, incoming travelers and proximity to Broward County, which had many early cases, but also had the first drive-thru testing center in the region. That allowed residents in south Palm Beach County greater access to nearby testing.

Meanwhile, Broward has 1,348 cases and 13 deaths, while Miami-Dade has the most confirmed cases in the state, with 2,202, and seven deaths.

The number of confirmed cases in the state is expected to continue climbing as more people get tested. The Department of Health says that 10 percent of its tests have come back positive.

A new testing site opened Tuesday at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, and another is planned for south Palm Beach County.

Overall, there are 213, 372 cases and 4,757 deaths across the country.