Coronavirus: Florida reports another 3,822 cases of COVID-19, new one-day record

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The percentage of Florida COVID-19 tests that have come back positive has increased in recent days.

Florida reported another 3,822 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday morning, breaking the one-day record of 3,207 set just 24 hours earlier.

Florida is now up to 89,748 total confirmed cases and 3,104 deaths associated with COVID-19, according to the latest data released by the health department.

There were 43 new coronavirus-related deaths reported Friday morning across the state, including five in Miami-Dade County, two in Broward and 14 in Palm Beach County.

The 3,822 new cases in one day is a 19% jump from what had been the record a day earlier, and it’s more than double what had been the record for single-day cases just a week ago (1,902).

In the past day, Miami-Dade County’s confirmed cases increased by 522 to 24,376. The county now has 864 deaths, the highest total in the state.

Broward’s cases increased by 337 to 10,448. The county’s death toll is now at 367.

Palm Beach County’s cases increased by 262 to 10,116, with the death toll at 464.

Monroe County now has 150 cases (an increase of four overnight) and four confirmed deaths.

Florida has confirmed at least 12,774 coronavirus-related hospitalizations since the start of the outbreak.

Younger people testing positive

In a visit to Florida International University on Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis highlighted data that shows the median age of people testing positive for COVID-19 in the state is lowering, with more younger people being diagnosed.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, speaking at the same event, noted that while the morbidity rate of those younger patients is lower, it remains critical that they take precautions not to spread the disease to older and more vulnerable residents.

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Gimenez repeated what he said Thursday, that people remain safer staying at home when possible, though he said he does not plan to roll back reopening measures.

Positivity rates higher

Statewide, Florida reports having completed over 1.5 million tests for COVID-19, with 5.9% coming back positive.

The rate of positivity among people tested across Florida has risen in recent days.

The percentage of Florida COVID-19 tests that have come back positive has increased in recent days.

That trend can also be seen locally in Miami-Dade and Broward counties:

MIAMI-DADE

6/5 – 6.8%
6/6 – 3.6%
6/7 – 7.8%
6/8 – 5.1%
6/9 – 7.1%
6/10 – 5.7%
6/11 – 6%
6/12 – 10.3%
6/13 – 3.1%
6/14 – 8.8%
6/15 – 9.1%
6/16 – 12.8%
6/17 – 11.2%
6/18 – 11%

BROWARD

6/5 – 3.3%
6/6 – 2.9%
6/7 – 4.5%
6/8 – 4%
6/9 – 6.7%
6/10 – 5.9%
6/11 – 5%
6/12 – 6.0%
6/13 – 2.7%
6/14 – 5.1%
6/15 – 7.5%
6/16 – 9.7%
6/17 – 7.4%
6/18 – 9.1%

DeSantis has on multiple occasions chalked up the higher daily case numbers to increased testing.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, opposed that theory in a thread on Twitter earlier this week, pointing out that states like New York have seen a decrease in cases while increasing testing. Florida’s testing “is roughly holding steady and yet cases are climbing,” he wrote.

Florida – testing is roughly holding steady and yet cases are climbing. (9/24) pic.twitter.com/lumL06abuf

— Dr. Sanjay Gupta (@drsanjaygupta) June 17, 2020

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