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Coronavirus: Florida reports 4,298 new cases Tuesday, 56 more deaths

Positivity rate rises over 6%

A worker prepares a collection tube during COVID-19 tests for first responders, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at Hialeah Fire Station #1, in Hialeah, Fla.
A worker prepares a collection tube during COVID-19 tests for first responders, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at Hialeah Fire Station #1, in Hialeah, Fla. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Florida’s health department reported an increase of 4,298 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, along with 56 more resident deaths.

It’s the fourth time since Oct. 17 that the state has surpassed 4,000 new cases in a day.

Florida is now up to 786,311 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 16,505 resident deaths, according to the health department’s dashboard. At least 204 non-residents have also died in Florida, and the state has reported 48,512 hospitalizations attributed to the novel coronavirus since the start of the outbreak.

The statewide positivity rate based on yesterday’s testing was 6.31%, according to the health department, up from 5.91% a day prior.

New deaths confirmed in the past 24 hours include nine in Miami-Dade County and three in Palm Beach County.

Dr. Sergio Segarra, the chief medical officer at Baptist Hospital, said South Floridians need to remain vigilant as case numbers increase.

“Frankly, I’m concerned that the public is dropping its guard a bit,” he said, reminding the importance of wearing masks.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said last week that there is no reason to sound an alarm, citing hospitalization data. “Patients being treated statewide at ICUs is the lowest it’s been I think since the beginning of June,” he said.

In fact, DeSantis on Thursday announced the expansion of visitation at long-term care facilities, lifting capacity limits and also allowing children to now visit.

Last week, the health department released updated numbers showing that more than 360 primary and secondary schools in South Florida have had COVID-19 infections confirmed by the state.

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: 183,250 (+727)

Deaths: 3,624 (+9)

Yesterday’s positivity: 5.59%

BROWARD

Cases: 84,338 (+376)

Deaths: 1,520 (one fewer than reported yesterday)

Yesterday’s positivity: 5.80%

MONROE

Cases: 2,214 (+15)

Deaths: 25 (unchanged)

Yesterday’s positivity: 5.73%

PALM BEACH

Cases: 51,172 (+356)

Deaths: 1,565 (+3)

Yesterday’s positivity: 8.27%

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

Latest totals

The United States has passed 8.7 million confirmed cases, with over 225,000 deaths from COVID-19, the highest numbers in the world. Over 3.4 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 43.6 million. There have been more than 1.1 million deaths worldwide attributed to the pandemic, with over 29.2 million being declared recovered.

Florida’s daily new cases have trended as follows:

  • Tuesday: 4,298
  • Monday: 3,377
  • Oct. 25: 2,385
  • Oct. 24: 4,471
  • Oct. 23: 3,689
  • Oct. 22: 5,557
  • Oct. 21: 2,145
  • Oct. 20: 3,662
  • Oct. 19: 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

Find a COVID-19 testing site near you

Hospital bed capacity and availability

Coronavirus cases in Florida schools

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