Florida reports another 8,530 new coronavirus cases

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By Susannah Bryan Sun Sentinel (TNS)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The number of coronavirus cases continues to surge in Florida, with the state reporting 8,530 new cases Sunday and 29 more deaths.

The Florida Department of Health reported Sunday that 141,075 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. At least 3,419 residents have died from the new coronavirus in Florida, the state reported. When you include the 99 nonresidents who have died, the death toll grows to 3,518.

For the entire month of May, Florida reported 22,473 cases. June is easily breaking that record.

On Saturday, the state reported a record 9,585 more people tested positive for COVID-19, triggering new restrictions and attempts to slow the spread as the state racks up a series of record-high daily totals.

As of Sunday, 1,881,897 people have been tested for the virus in Florida. Most tested negative: 1,740,822.

The number of Florida residents who have tested positive is 138,567. Another 2,508 people whose main residence is outside the state also tested positive.

But for every positive case, there are probably 10 other cases out there, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Sunday afternoon during a news conference in Pensacola.

In May, the number of positive cases hovered between 3% and 5%, he said.

June has been a different story.

“It really jumped here in the last week to 10 days” and went from 10% in mid-June to 14% now, DeSantis said. He called it a “good thing,” saying it means more cases are being detected.

The younger age groups — people ranging from 14 to 44 — are behind the trend, DeSantis said.

“This is socializing,” he said. “You’re going to graduation parties. You’re going out and doing different things.”

To keep the virus from spreading, DeSantis urged people to wear masks and avoid the three C’s: closed spaces; crowded places with poor ventilation; and close contact settings.

“That’s just the reality of how this thing likes to transmit,” he said. “If you are sick or have symptoms, stay home and don’t infect other people.”

Young people can and do get the virus, Dr. Jason Foland said during the news conference.

“We have seen younger people contract the virus and die from it as well,” he said. “And even if you’re not exhibiting symptoms, you can still pass it along to your parents or grandparents. Wearing a mask protects someone’s grandma or grandpa.”

The coronavirus death toll in the United States reached 125,714 on Sunday afternoon, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. has 2.53 million coronavirus cases, the most of any country in the world.

Johns Hopkins also reported more than 10 million cases worldwide, with at least 499,990 people dead.

The United States has 4.3% of the world’s population and 25.2% of the world’s cases.

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