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Florida announces another 6,658 cases of COVID-19, bringing total for year near 1 million

By David Fleshler, Sun Sentinel on

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Another 6,658 cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday in Florida, bringing the total case count in the state close to 1 million.

The cumulative total, representing all cases since the first ones were confirmed in early March, stands at 999,319, making it likely Tuesday's count will push Florida's cases past 1 million, a milestone reached only by California and Texas.

The state also reported another 97 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health, which compiles the daily updates. Most of the deaths happened in recent weeks but were just confirmed in the past day.

California, Texas and Florida are the three most populous states, so it's not surprising that they would account for the largest case totals. On a per-person basis, however, Florida ranks 23rd for COVID-19 cases, with North Dakota heading the list, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Broward County: 826 additional cases and five more deaths reported on Monday. Broward has a known total of 107,524 cases and 1,693 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The death tally includes 29 nonresidents.

Palm Beach County: 361 additional cases and 16 more deaths. The county now has 65,372 confirmed cases and 1,718 deaths. The fatalities include 24 nonresidents.

 

Miami-Dade County: 1,962 additional cases and one more death. The county now has 229,618 confirmed cases and 3,858 deaths. The death tally includes 23 nonresidents.

Public health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is under 5%. Florida exceeds 5% by both of its measures of assessing the rate for testing of residents.

In the first calculation, the state reported a daily positivity rate of 8.4% Monday, up from 7.85% the day before. This method of calculating positivity counts new infections only, but also counts repeat negative tests, which skews the figure downward.

According to the state, Monday's new case numbers reflect the results of 87,739 COVID-19 tests of Florida residents received from labs in the past day, down from 103,123 results reported Sunday.

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