FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida reported another record for COVID-19 deaths: 257 listed on Friday's pandemic data report. Nearly 100 of the victims were from Miami-Dade County.
The state has now had four consecutive days of reporting a new high mark of coronavirus fatalities. These are people who died within recent weeks, but finally confirmed by authorities tracking the state's deadliest infectious disease.
For the entire month of July, Florida has reported 3,362 deaths from COVID-19 complications. For all of 2019, there were 2,703 deaths attributed to the flu and pneumonia in the state.
Public health experts say Florida should slowly improve in August, as the number of new COVID-19 cases has remained under 10,000 for six straight days.
The Department of Health on Friday reported another 9,007 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19. The test results reported on a single day typically reflect tests taken over several days.
The peak was 15,300 infections on July 12. Friday's figure is lower higher than the 9,956 infections reported Thursday and the 9,446 cases listed on Wednesday's report.
The state has tallied 470,386 cases and 6,966 deaths to date.
South Florida, which accounts for 29% of Florida's population, reported 4,223 new cases in the past day, or 46.9% of the daily total for the state, according to the state Department of Health.
Broward County: 1,099 new coronavirus cases were reported Friday, bringing the total to 55,411. A total of 734 people have died, 33 more than reported Thursday.