Here’s another reason why we should all do our best to adhere to CDC guidelines with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic over the July 4th holiday weekend. Florida health officials have reported 9,478 new COVID-19 cases on Friday along with 67 new coronavirus-related deaths.

Osceola logged in 177 new cases, bringing the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Osceola to 2,526. There were no new deaths reported in Osceola, keeping its total death count at 25. There were 803 negatives also reported bringing the positivity rate to 18.1%., up from yesterday’s 15.0%.

The new FDOH reported cases bring Florida’s overall total to 178,594 since early March with 3,684 Florida residents having died in relation to the coronavirus.

The majority of the coronavirus-related deaths have taken place  in age groups 65 and older, however, Florida reported it’s youngest virus death on Thursday, an 11-year-old boy with special needs.