Florida breaks record with 11,458 new COVID-19 cases

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By David J. Neal Miami Herald (TNS)

MIAMI — Saturday’s update on new confirmed COVID-19 cases from the Florida Department of Health reflected the state recorded a new single-day high, rocketing past previous peaks.

Florida added 11,458 cases, beating previous record of 10,109 by 13%. Miami-Dade and Broward counties in South Florida also set records: Of Florida’s total, Miami-Dade County accounted for 2,418, and 1,348 came from Broward County. Of the state’s 18 deaths reported Saturday, 12 were in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Since the novel coronavirus pandemic started, 190,052 people have tested positive in Florida, 3,803 of whom have died.

The state began adding antigen test results to the case totals on Thursday. Antigen tests are a new category of tests that detect fragments of proteins found in the virus by testing samples collected by nose swabs. The FDA authorized the first COVID-19 tests in May.

SOUTH FLORIDA COUNTIES

— Miami-Dade: In addition to the 2,418 cases, Miami-Dade’s death toll rose by four.

As of Friday’s Miami-Dade County New Normal Dashboard update, the county was in the red flag zone in three categories: trajectory of daily case counts over a 14-day period, two consecutive weeks of a 14-day rolling positive test rate under 10% (20.71%) and 30% of Intensive Care Unit bed capacity available (26.79%).

Miami-Dade’s total pandemic counts are 44,729 cases and 1,038 deaths.

— Broward jumped 1,348 cases and three deaths and has pandemic totals of 19,575 and 409, respectively.

— Palm Beach County: There were 845 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths. The county has the state’s third most cases, 16,149, and second most deaths, 541.

— Monroe County: With another 15 new cases reported Saturday, there have been 337 COVID-19 cases and five deaths.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

On Tuesday, the office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed to the Miami Herald that the state would start reporting current hospitalization numbers for all counties some time this week.

The change comes following a surge of cases in recent weeks with public health experts and the nonprofit COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer group that has become the most prolific coronavirus data collector in the country, pressuring the state to start reporting current hospitalizations. That metric, they say, is a clearer way of assessing the pandemic’s severity.

While the state hasn’t started reporting current hospitalization numbers, Miami-Dade has been and that number has risen every day since June 15, going from under 600 to 1,418 in that time.

TESTING

Another 65,271 people have been tested in Florida, bringing the state total to 2,148,327 residents and non-residents tested in Florida. The positive test rate over the last week has been 14.0%.

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