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Your Coronavirus Update for Wednesday: Florida Reports More Than 6,000 New Coronavirus Cases



Florida reported 6,014 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday bringing the total number of cases in the state to 1,924,114 since the start of the pandemic. 

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and analyzed by NPR, the average number of daily coronavirus cases this week is 5,652. 

That same data set shows daily coronavirus case counts have dropped by four percent compared with last week and 15 percent compared with two weeks ago. 

The state also added 132 new deaths today. Since last March, 31,267 Floridians have died from the virus and 80,024 have been hospitalized. 

Four FEMA-run COVID-19 vaccine sites opened in the state today. The site at Valencia College West is open from 7 am until 7 pm daily and accepts walk ups. 

A mobile vaccination site at Engelwood Neighborhood Center also opened today and will operate through Saturday from 9 until 5 or until supplies run out.

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Danielle Prieur covers education in Central Florida.