FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida reported the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since June 23.
With 4,247 new cases reported Monday, the count is less than half of the new infections only two weeks ago on July 27.
A positive trend also is evident in people who need emergency care. Emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illness also declined from just two weeks ago with about 3,200 fewer visits.
The coronavirus pandemic still has its grips on the state, where 8,408 people have died from the disease. Monday's report showed 91 more Florida resident deaths and two non-Florida resident deaths. The peak was 257 deaths on July 31. The daily totals are not reflective of deaths in the past 24 hours, but rather recent weeks. And the test results reported on a single day typically reflect tests taken over several days.
Overall, 531,217 people in Florida have been diagnosed with infections. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have a double-digit total positivity rate over time with 19%, 14% and 13% respectively.
More than 4 million people have been swabbed in Florida since the pandemic began, producing a positivity rate of 13.4%. The rate reflects an improving trend from the first week of July when most days the state posted a positivity rate of 15%. The state processes close to 100,000 test results per day.
Public health experts say the positivity rate is an important figure, since it indicates the prevalence of the disease in the population. The World Health Organization had advised governments that before reopening, the rate should remain at 5% or lower for at least 14 days.
South Florida, which accounts for 29% of Florida's population, reported 2,118 new cases in the past day.
Broward County: 679 new coronavirus cases were reported Monday, bringing the total to 62,898. The median age of those infected in the county is 39. A total of 821 people in Broward have died from the virus, 18 more than reported Sunday.