Rate of positive coronavirus results declining in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis says

Governor speaks at Orlando Health
Posted at 12:54 PM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 20:55:28-04

ORLANDO, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke about Florida's efforts to combat the coronavirus Sunday in Orlando.

The governor talked about how testing has been ramping up over the last few weeks.

"We're close to 340,000 individuals that have been tested and in southern Florida, where we have the bulk of the cases, the ratio of tests per citizen is one for every 45 people," he said during a news conference at Orlando Health.

He also spoke about how the rate of positivity for the virus is declining.

"If you look in the state of Florida in terms of the testing, the most new Florida cases that we've had was on April 3," he said. "There were 1,317 new Florida cases. That day the total number of tests that were received was 11,725. So that's a positivity rate that isn't New York level, or Boston, or some of these other places. But that's between 10 and 15%, right. If you look at yesterday, we had 823 new Florida cases reported, out of 19,342 cases. So the positivity rate for the new Florida cases compared to the tests that had been done on people that had not already tested positive was about 4.5%. So that's a very low positivity rate."