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Coronavirus: Florida confirms 2,145 new cases in long-delayed report

State will more thoroughly review COVID-19 deaths

Healthcare workers put a test swab into a container in this file photo from a testing site in Miami-Dade County.
Healthcare workers put a test swab into a container in this file photo from a testing site in Miami-Dade County. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

In a report that came out nearly seven hours later than usual, Florida’s health department confirmed an increase of 2,145 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The state also reported 105 additional resident deaths.

The state is now up to 762,534 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 16,210 resident deaths, according to the health department’s dashboard. At least 203 non-residents have also died in Florida, and the state has reported 47,628 hospitalizations attributed to the novel coronavirus since the start of the outbreak.

On Wednesday, Florida’s Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees announced that the DOH will do a more thorough review of coronavirus-related deaths reported to the state.

“Fatality data reported to the state consistently presents confusion and warrants a more rigorous review,” the state said in a news release. “Of the 95 fatalities reported to the state yesterday, 16 had more than a two-month separation between the time the individuals tested positive and passed away, and 11 of the deaths occurred more than a month ago.”

The newly confirmed deaths in the report posted Wednesday include 11 in Miami-Dade County, two in Broward, and 43 in Palm Beach County.

The statewide positivity rate from yesterday’s testing was 6.74%, according to the health department.

More than 360 primary and secondary schools in South Florida have had COVID-19 infections confirmed by the state, according to new data released by the health department on Wednesday.

A look at the COVID-19 percent positivity across Florida over recent days.
A look at the COVID-19 percent positivity across Florida over recent days. (Florida Department of Health)

County by county

MIAMI-DADE

Cases: 179,644 (+358)

Deaths: 3,572 (+11)

Yesterday’s positivity: 5.15%

BROWARD

Cases: 81,704 (+167)

Deaths: 1,519 (+2)

Yesterday’s positivity: 5.88%

MONROE

Cases: 2,101 (+8)

Deaths: 25 (unchanged)

Yesterday’s positivity: 6.18%

PALM BEACH

Cases: 49,380 (+82)

Deaths: 1,553 (+13)

Yesterday’s positivity: 4.59%

For more detailed data on every county from the latest Florida Department of Health report, click here.

Latest totals

The United States has passed 8.3 million confirmed cases, with over 221,000 deaths from COVID-19, the highest numbers in the world. Over 3.2 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 41 million. There have been more than 1.1 million deaths worldwide attributed to the pandemic, with over 27.9 million being declared recovered.

Florida’s daily new cases have trended as follows:

  • Wednesday: 2,145
  • Tuesday: 3,662
  • Monday: 1,707
  • Oct. 18: 2,539
  • Oct. 17: 4,044
  • Oct. 16: 3,449
  • Oct. 15: 3,356
  • Oct. 14: 2,883
  • Oct. 13: 2,725
  • Oct. 12: 1,533
  • Oct. 11: 5,570* (includes a data backlog)
  • Oct. 10: State provided no updated information
  • Oct. 9: 2,908
  • Oct. 8: 3,306
  • Oct. 7: 2,582
  • Oct. 6: 2,251
  • Oct. 5: 1,415
  • Oct. 4: 1,844
  • Oct. 3: 2,811
  • Oct. 2: 2,660
  • Oct. 1: 2,628
  • Sept. 30: 1,948
  • Sept. 29: 3,266
  • Sept. 28: 738
  • Sept. 27: 1,882
  • Sept. 26: 2,795
  • Sept. 25: 2,847
  • Sept. 24: 2,541
  • Sept. 23: 2,590
  • Sept. 22: 2,470
  • Sept. 21: 1,685
  • Sept. 20: 2,521
  • Sept. 19: 3,573
  • Sept. 18: 3,204
  • Sept. 17: 3,255
  • Sept. 16: 2,355
  • Sept. 15: 3,116
  • Sept. 14: 1,736
  • Sept. 13: 2,431
  • Sept. 12: 3,190
  • Sept. 11: 3,650
  • Sept. 10: 2,583
  • Sept. 9: 2,056
  • Sept. 8: 1,823
  • Sept. 7: 1,838
  • Sept. 6: 2,564
  • Sept. 5: 3,656
  • Sept. 4: 3,198
  • Sept. 3: 3,571
  • Sept. 2: 2,402
  • Sept. 1: 7,569* (includes a data backlog)
  • Aug. 31: 1,885
  • Aug. 30: 2,583
  • Aug. 29: 3,197
  • Aug. 28: 3,815
  • Aug. 27: 3,269
  • Aug. 26: 3,220
  • Aug. 25: 2,673
  • Aug. 24: 2,258
  • Aug. 23: 2,974
  • Aug. 22: 4,311
  • Aug. 21: 4,684
  • Aug. 20: 4,555
  • Aug. 19: 4,115
  • Aug. 18: 3,838
  • Aug. 17: 2,678
  • Aug. 16: 3,779
  • Aug. 15: 6,532
  • Aug. 14: 6,148
  • Aug. 13: 6,236
  • Aug. 12: 8,109* (includes a data backlog)
  • Aug. 11: 5,831
  • Aug. 10: 4,155
  • Aug. 9: 6,229
  • Aug. 8: 8,502
  • Aug. 7: 7,686
  • Aug. 6: 7,650
  • Aug. 5: 5,409
  • Aug. 4: 5,446
  • Aug. 3: 4,752
  • Aug. 2: 7,104
  • Aug. 1: 9,642
  • July 31: 9,007
  • July 30: 9,956
  • July 29: 9,446
  • July 28: 9,230
  • July 27: 8,892
  • July 26: 9,344
  • July 25: 12,199
  • July 24: 12,444
  • July 23: 10,249
  • July 22: 9,785
  • July 21: 9,440
  • July 20: 10,347
  • July 19: 12,478
  • July 18: 10,328
  • July 17: 11,466
  • July 16: 13,965
  • July 15: 10,181
  • July 14: 9,194
  • July 13: 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

Related links

List of cases by city in South Florida

Hospital bed capacity and availability

Coronavirus cases in Florida schools

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