HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - There are now more than 885,000 reported cases of the coronavirus in Florida, with 17,518 deaths, and hospitalizations are on the rise across the state, health officials said.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, the Florida Department of Health reported 885,201 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 10,105 from Saturday’s update.

The new figures are the biggest single-day increases in coronavirus cases since July.

The state also reported a single-day increase of 29 deaths.

Officials reported 2,306 confirmed cases in Miami-Dade County for a total of 200,809, as well as 1,429 cases in Broward for a total of 94,420.

The total number of cases in Palm Beach County has now reached 58,396. In Monroe, officials reported 57 new cases for a total of 2,752.

Health officials reported 51,900 hospital admissions statewide, up 44% in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

In all, officials said, just over 3,000 people are in hospitals across the state battling the virus.

For those looking for good news, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the country could start getting back to normal by around April of 2021.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “Help is coming, and that, I believe, should motivate people to just say, ‘We’re gonna double down and do this uniformly.'”

Fauci said Pfizer’s announcement that its vaccine is more than 90% effective, coupled with Moderna’s vaccine said to be 94.5% effective, is encouraging.

“I think that, if we get most of the country vaccinated in the second, third quarter of the year, and the vaccine continues to prove its efficacy and people adhere to those fundamental measures, I think we can start approaching the degree — it’s not going to be a light switch,” he said.

In the meantime, survivors like Baptist Health employee Ruth Ramirez, who spent 16 days on a ventilator, are pleading with people to do their part.

“It’s definitely been a hard road. You know, covering your face, washing your hands as much as you can, just doing your part, whether you believe in it or not, just not to spread any type of germs,” she said. “At this point, it’s common, common sense.”

As of Sunday, the United States has crossed the 11 million mark in coronavirus cases.

For a full breakdown of the cases in Florida, click here.

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