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Coronavirus: Florida adds 12,478 new COVID-19 cases as state total eclipses 350,000

Including non-residents, state passes 5,000 deaths

Guests get their temperature taken as they arrive to attend the reopening of Epcot at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Wednesday.
Guests get their temperature taken as they arrive to attend the reopening of Epcot at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Wednesday. (Orlando Sentinel)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida reported 12,478 more cases of COVID-19 on Sunday along with 87 new resident deaths as local leaders further tighten restrictions and suggest that another shutdown could be coming if the numbers continue on-trend.

The state is now up to 350,047 confirmed cases with 4,982 resident deaths associated with the novel coronavirus since the start of the outbreak, according to the latest data released by the health department.

Including non-residents who died in Florida, the state has now passed 5,000 deaths.

The new deaths announced Sunday include 32 in Miami-Dade, five in Broward County, and 13 in Palm Beach County.

The state had reported 156 new resident deaths Thursday, which was a new high announced on a single day. The single-day case record is 15,300, set on July 12.

Broward County on Friday instituted an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly curfew and several other rules to slow the spread of the virus, with the mayor noting that they’re trying to take measures to prevent another shutdown that could cripple businesses.

Miami-Dade will now be fining people $100 if they’re seen in public not wearing a face covering. Miami Beach put in an 8 p.m. curfew for part of the South Beach entertainment district, two hours earlier than the county’s 10 p.m. curfew.

And some city mayors have said that stay-at-home orders could be brought back if people don’t comply with the existing safety mandates.

County-by-county

In the past day, Miami-Dade County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 3,212 to 84,238. The county has 1,302 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest total in the state.

Broward’s cases increased by 1,150 to 39,281. The county’s death toll is now at 493.

Palm Beach County’s cases increased by 740 to 25,785, with the death toll now at 679.

Monroe County is now listed with 859 cases, a one-day increase of 49, and six deaths.

One week ago on Sunday, July 12, single-day records for new cases were reached in Miami-Dade (3,576), Broward (1,772) and Palm Beach County (1,171). Monroe had its single-day high with 74 new cases the day before, on June 11.

Florida has confirmed at least 20,632 coronavirus-related hospitalizations since the start of the outbreak.

Positivity rates

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 3 million tests for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 11.6% coming back positive. The state says its target is to stay below 10% positivity.

The rate of positivity among people tested for COVID-19 across Florida topped out at over 18% for tests processed July 8. Positivity statewide has been between 11% and 15% each day this week. (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 coming back positive in Florida over recent days.
A look at the percentage of COVID-19 tests coming back positive in Florida over recent days. (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 – 20.3%
  • 7/10 – 21.5%
  • 7/11 – 16.6%
  • 7/12 – 20.3%
  • 7/13 – 22.2%
  • 7/14 – 20.0%
  • 7/15 – 18.6%
  • 7/16 – 18.3%
  • 7/17 – 17.5%
  • 7/18 – 20.5%

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 – 15.8%
  • 7/11 – 13.4%
  • 7/12 – 13.7%
  • 7/13 – 15.9%
  • 7/14 – 14.8%
  • 7/15 – 16.6%
  • 7/16 – 14.2%
  • 7/17 – 13.8%
  • 7/18 – 12.8%

The Florida Department of Health confirmed Wednesday that some private laboratories were not reporting negative COVID-19 test results to them as required by the state, leading to 100% positivity rates being reported for those labs.

“The Department immediately began working with those labs to ensure that all results were being reported in order to provide comprehensive and transparent data,” department of health spokeswoman Olga Connor said.

Hospitals and testing

Hospital leaders and medical workers on the front lines are closely watching dwindling bed space and some have had to increase their ICU capacity to treat patients. Experts have said that South Florida’s hospitals could be full by the end of the month at the current pace.

Jackson and Memorial are among the health systems that 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.

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

The state has added self-swab testing at some of its sites — including Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens and War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale — in an attempt to speed up the process.

Latest totals

The United States has passed 3.7 million confirmed cases, with over 140,000 deaths from COVID-19, the highest numbers in the world. Over 1.1 million 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 14.3 million. There have been more than 602,000 deaths worldwide attributed to the pandemic, with over 8 million being declared recovered.

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

  • Sunday: 12,478
  • Saturday: 10,328
  • Friday: 11,466
  • Thursday: 13,965
  • Wednesday: 10,181
  • Tuesday: 9,194
  • Monday: 12,624
  • July 12: 15,300
  • July 11: 10,360
  • July 10: 11,433
  • July 9: 8,935
  • July 8: 9,989
  • July 7: 7,347
  • July 6: 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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