Florida coronavirus caseload nears 26K

US state flag of Florida waving in the wind with a positive Covid-19 blood test tube. 3D illustration concept for blood testing for diagnosis of the new Corona virus.
Now 25,996 people have tested positive and 764 Floridians have died.

Nearly 26,000 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Florida as state health officials confirmed 504 new cases overnight.

According to a Sunday morning report, the Department of Health (DOH) has now confirmed 25,996 positive cases, including 696 non-Florida residents. And 16 Floridians have died due to complications from COVID-19, raising the state’s death toll to 764.

An additional 21 people were hospitalized overnight as the state now reports that the virus has hospitalized 3,766 Floridians.

Miami-Dade County became the first county to cross 200 fatalities, now with 202 as officials confirmed four dead overnight. Palm Beach and Broward counties, with 121 and 115 deaths respectively, are also in the South Florida hot spot that still is home to three in five of the state’s COVID-19 cases.

Miami-Dade County has 9,166 cases, up from 9,045 Saturday, Broward County has 3,960, up from 3,838, and Palm Beach County has 2,156, up from 2,138.

With the state increasing access to testing, including walk-in testing sites and the expansion of rapid testing, 256,698 people have been tested for the virus in the state. Another 1,179 people await their results from DOH-coordinated labs, but likely thousands more results are pending in private labs.

In long-term care facilities, 1,785 residents and staff have tested positive while 175 people have died. And after resisting calls to release the names of the facilities with positive cases, Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered DOH to make the list public Saturday.

He also ordered schools to stay closed through the remainder of the academic year after he and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran held out hope to send students back for the final two weeks before summer.

New modeling suggests Florida may have already passed the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the administration has been optimistic about the trajectory of new cases. Last week, DeSantis announced a task force on reopening the economy that will meet by phone each day this week and return its findings for the immediate future by the end of the week.

Staff Reports

One comment

  • John Kociuba

    April 19, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Big deal! 26,000 sick out of 21.3 million with 764 fatalities.

    This is why Government has violated the United States Constitution? Really? More Floridians die of suicide, drugs, smoking, heart disease, car accidents, etc..etc..etc..


    P.S. CDC, FDA, NIH are telling states to INFLATE FATALITY RATES having nothing to do with COVID 19! COVID 19 tests are 50% accurate because there’s 36 different Coronaviruses and 4 are bad. China did a bad job on this bioweapon but maybe it was a test of our weaknesses?

    Bill Gates, Zuckerberg, Fauci, Pence are all in on it

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