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Coronavirus: Florida reports 7,347 new cases and positivity rate hits single-day high

Miami-Dade surpasses 50,000 coronavirus cases

A man cycles past a hand washing station set up outside of a popular supermarket amid the coronavirus pandemic in Immokalee, Fla.
A man cycles past a hand washing station set up outside of a popular supermarket amid the coronavirus pandemic in Immokalee, Fla. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida reported 7,347 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday morning and 63 new resident deaths while also setting a new record for the percentage of positive tests in a single day.

The state is now up to 213,794 confirmed cases with 3,841 resident deaths associated with COVID-19, according to the latest data released by the health department.

The new deaths include six in Miami-Dade County, four in Broward and 20 in Palm Beach County.

Florida reached a new mark for its highest percent positivity in a single day, as 16.27% of tests from Monday came back positive. (That percentage is the number of people who test positive for the first time divided by all the people tested that day, excluding people who have previously tested positive.)

Miami-Dade has responded to the recent sharp rise in cases by shutting down restaurant dine-in service, along with gyms and party venues, effective Wednesday.

The state set a one-day record with 11,458 new cases reported Saturday and followed that with 10,059 on Sunday, pushing Florida over 200,000 cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

County-by-county

In the past day, Miami-Dade County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 2,066 to 51,058. The county has 1,057 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest total in the state.

Broward’s cases increased by 739 to 22,595. The county’s death toll is now at 418.

Palm Beach County’s cases increased by 396 to 17,638, with the death toll now at 563.

Monroe County is now listed with 398 cases (a one-day increase of 18) and five deaths.

Broward had set a single-day record for new cases three days in a row (including 1,664 new cases Sunday) before that streak ended Monday. Miami-Dade reported a record 2,418 new cases on Saturday.

Medical experts and elected leaders have noted a rising number of cases among younger patients, which they’ve attributed to more widely available testing and people coming closer together both as businesses reopen and while attending large protests in recent weeks.

Florida has confirmed at least 16,425 coronavirus-related hospitalizations since the start of the outbreak.

Positivity rates rise

Florida has seen a steady increase in the rate of COVID-19 tests that are coming back positive, showing that the increase in cases is caused by more than just increased testing.

Statewide, Florida reports having completed over 2.2 million tests for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 9.4% coming back positive.

The rate of positivity among people tested for COVID-19 across Florida has been higher over the past two weeks than previously, topping out at 16.27% for tests taken Monday.

A look at the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests by day in Florida over the past two weeks.
A look at the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests by day in Florida over the past two weeks. (Florida Department of Health)

Here’s a look at how those percentages have trended in Miami-Dade and Broward counties:

MIAMI-DADE

  • 6/13 – 3.0%
  • 6/14 – 8.9%
  • 6/15 – 9.0%
  • 6/16 – 12.8%
  • 6/17 – 11.2%
  • 6/18 – 11.1%
  • 6/19 – 11.7%
  • 6/20 – 13.3%
  • 6/21 – 8.9%
  • 6/22 – 18.1%
  • 6/23 – 19.6%
  • 6/24 – 10.2%
  • 6/25 – 14.2%
  • 6/26 – 14.0%
  • 6/27 – 17.7%
  • 6/28 – 18.5%
  • 6/29 – 17.7%
  • 6/30 – 18.2%
  • 7/1 – 19.5%
  • 7/2 – 20.9%
  • 7/3 – 18.9%
  • 7/4 – 20.5%
  • 7/5 – 19.9%
  • 7/6 – 21.0%

BROWARD

  • 6/13 – 2.7%
  • 6/14 – 5.1%
  • 6/15 – 7.6%
  • 6/16 – 9.8%
  • 6/17 – 7.3%
  • 6/18 – 8.9%
  • 6/19 – 9.7%
  • 6/20 – 9.6%
  • 6/21 – 6.1%
  • 6/22 – 10.2%
  • 6/23 – 10.7%
  • 6/24 – 6.4%
  • 6/25 – 11.4%
  • 6/26 – 10.2%
  • 6/27 – 10.4%
  • 6/28 – 12.0%
  • 6/29 – 13.5%
  • 6/30 – 14.7%
  • 7/1 – 13.5%
  • 7/2 – 16.2%
  • 7/3 – 14.0%
  • 7/4 – 16.4%
  • 7/5 – 15.8%
  • 7/6 – 13.1%

Hospitals filling up

Concern is growing as South Florida hospital leaders see hospital beds and ICU capacity reducing.

Both Jackson Health System and Memorial Healthcare System have suspended non-emergency inpatient procedures to protect that capacity.

The state tracks its hospital space by county and by facility, which can be seen here.

Latest totals

The United States has passed 2.9 million confirmed cases, with over 130,000 deaths from COVID-19, the highest numbers in the world. Over 924,000 Americans have been deemed recovered, according to data compiled from various sources by Johns Hopkins University.

Worldwide, the number of COVID-19 cases reported has surpassed 11.6 million. There have been more than 538,000 deaths worldwide attributed to the pandemic, with over 6.3 million being declared recovered.

Florida’s daily new cases have trended sharply upward over the past month:

  • Tuesday: 7,347
  • Monday: 6,336
  • Sunday: 10,059
  • Saturday: 11,458
  • Friday: 9,488
  • Thursday: 10,109
  • Wednesday: 6,563
  • June 30: 6,093
  • June 29: 5,266
  • June 28: 8,530
  • June 27: 9,585
  • June 26: 8,942
  • June 25: 5,004
  • June 24: 5,511
  • June 23: 3,289
  • June 22: 2,926
  • June 21: 3,494
  • June 20: 4,049
  • June 19: 3,822
  • June 18: 3,207
  • June 17: 2,610
  • June 16: 2,783
  • June 15: 1,758
  • June 14: 2,016
  • June 13: 2,581
  • June 12: 1,902
  • June 11: 1,698
  • June 10: 1,371
  • June 9: 1,096

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