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Florida surpasses 800,000 cases of COVID-19

By Marc Freeman, Sun Sentinel on

Published in News & Features

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported 5,592 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest total in 2 1/2 months, continuing an upward trend of COVID-19 infections across the state.

With the latest numbers, Florida now has a pandemic total of 800,216 people who have tested positive for the disease. Almost 17,000 of them have died.

This is the fourth consecutive day with at least 4,000 infections, more proof that a resurgence is underway.

Friday's data shows it's the most new COVID-19 cases in one day since the state tallied 6,352 cases on Aug. 15. The state reported 7,569 cases on Sept. 1, but much of that was blamed on a backlog of thousands of lab results.

While cases are up, testing positivity for new infections only also rose above 5% according to the latest results for Florida residents. The 5.89% positivity reported Friday means that four out of the last five days have exceeded the level that experts say points to more virus spread.

The state Department of Health also reported that another 73 people have died from COVID-19. These fatalities mostly happened in recent weeks but were just reported to the state in the past day.

 

Overall, 16,927 people have died, including 207 non-residents who died in the state.

SOUTH FLORIDA

Broward County: 642 additional confirmed coronavirus cases and no more deaths. The county has a known total of 86,091 cases and 1,551 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The death tally includes 29 non-residents.

Palm Beach County: 405 additional cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths. The county now has 52,184 confirmed cases and 1,610 deaths, including 24 non-residents.

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