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Coronavirus: Florida shatters single-day COVID-19 record, reports 15,300 new cases

Records also set in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties

A healthcare worker carries a stack of clipboards at a COVID-19 testing site at the Martin Luther King Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center Monday in Homestead, Fla.
A healthcare worker carries a stack of clipboards at a COVID-19 testing site at the Martin Luther King Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center Monday in Homestead, Fla. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida reported 15,300 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the most ever reported in a single day. The previous high of 11,458 was set on July 4.

Florida is now up to 269,811 confirmed cases with 4,242 resident deaths associated with the novel coronavirus, according to the latest data released by the health department.

The state also reported 45 new deaths among residents, including seven in Miami-Dade County, nine in Broward, and 12 in Palm Beach County.

In addition to a statewide record, single-day high marks were set in Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Palm Beach County.

This week, an 11-year-old girl in Broward County died from COVID-19, a week after news that an 11-year-old boy in Miami-Dade had succumbed from complications of the disease. Both had preexisting conditions and are the youngest known fatalities from the virus in the state.

Miami-Dade has responded to the recent sharp rise in cases by shutting down restaurant dine-in service indoors. Broward County has also signed a new emergency order that limits restaurant service, and Monroe has discussed additional protective measures.

County-by-county

In the past day, Miami-Dade County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 3,576 to 64,444. The county has 1,139 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest total in the state.

Broward’s cases increased by 1,772 to 30,025. The county’s death toll is now at 464.

Palm Beach County’s cases increased by 1,171 to 21,018, with the death toll now at 606.

Monroe County is now listed with 572 cases, an increase of 28 since Friday, and six deaths. The county reported 74 cases on Saturday, marking a new daily high.

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 18,023 coronavirus-related hospitalizations since the start of the outbreak.

Positivity rates rising

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

Statewide, Florida reports having completed over 2.5 million tests for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 10.5% coming back positive.

The rate of positivity among people tested for COVID-19 across Florida topped out at over 18% for tests processed Wednesday. Positivity lowered to 11.2% for tests processed Saturday. (This 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.)

A look at the percentage of COVID-19 tests to come back positive over recent days in Florida.
A look at the percentage of COVID-19 tests to come back positive over recent days in Florida. (WPLG)

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 – 20.9%
  • 7/7 – 21.9%
  • 7/8 – 26.3%
  • 7/9 – 20.2%
  • 7/10 – 21.4%
  • 7/11 – 16.4%

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 – 16.3%
  • 7/5 – 15.9%
  • 7/6 – 12.9%
  • 7/7 – 14.0%
  • 7/8 – 22.5%
  • 7/9 – 14.9%
  • 7/10 – 15.9%
  • 7/11 – 13.5%

Hospitals and testing

Hospital leaders and medical workers on the front lines are closely watching dwindling bed space and ICU capacity. There’s a sense that South Florida’s hospitals could be full by the end of the month at the current pace.

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.

Meanwhile, more residents are going out to get tested for COVID-19, which has led to longer lines and delays with getting results back.

Latest totals

The United States has passed 3.2 million confirmed cases, with over 134,000 deaths from COVID-19, the highest numbers in the world. Over 995,000 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 12.7 million. There have been more than 565,000 deaths worldwide attributed to the pandemic, with over 7 million being declared recovered.

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

  • Sunday: 15,300
  • Saturday: 10,360
  • Friday: 11,433
  • Thursday: 8,935
  • Wednesday: 9,989
  • Tuesday: 7,347
  • Monday: 6,336
  • July 5: 10,059
  • July 4: 11,458
  • July 3: 9,488
  • July 2: 10,109
  • July 1: 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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