70 Floridians reported dead from the coronavirus Tuesday

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Since the pandemic began, 2,613 people have died in Florida.

State health officials reported 70 new deaths tied to the novel coronavirus Tuesday.

At least 2,613 people have died with COVID-19 in Florida since the pandemic began, including 83 non-residents. The 70 people confirmed death were all residents.

However, that daily count does not reflect the number of people that died that day or in the 24 hours between reports. Rather, that count shows when COVID-19 when the Department of Health (DOH) first knew the death was tied to the disease, and it can take days to confirm a case.

The Department also confirmed 617 new cases, for 57,447 total, and 184 hospitalizations, for 10,678 total.

On Monday, DOH reported nine deaths, and on Sunday, it reported four deaths. The state confirms fewer deaths over weekends.

The most deaths in a single day, rather than when the death was reported, was 59 on May 4.

South Florida’s Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties still remain the state’s largest hot spots of the virus since Department of Health (DOH) officials confirmed the first two Florida cases three months ago.

Since Monday’s report, 85 people in Miami-Dade County have tested positive, raising the overall COVID-19 caseload there to 18,224 people. Twenty of the 70 people who died were tied to county, raising the death toll there to 733.

Broward County registered 52 new cases, raising its total to 7,248, and three people, now 338 total, died there. Palm Beach County now has 6,219 cases after DOH showed 84 new reports and 14 fatalities, now 364 total.

Eight other counties have more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases: Hillsborough with 2,285, Orange with 2,048, Lee with 1,967, Duval with 1,660, Collier with 1,605, Pinellas with 1,335, Manatee with 1,074 and Polk with 1,053. Escambia County is the next closest to crossing that threshold, now with 844 cases.

Florida has received as many as 77,934 individuals’ results in a single day, but Gov. Ron DeSantis and Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz say the demand for tests falls short of the state’s expanding testing apparatus.

The state has tested 1,050,671 people for COVID-19, according to DOH’s dashboard. That’s up from the 1,041,318 shown tested in Monday’s report.

However, Rebekah Jones, the data manager fired from DOH amid questions she raised over the department’s handling of data, says that the count of total people tested is larger than what the department’s data details, now 878,162 as of Tuesday morning.

Jones emailed reporters late Monday to reiterate her concerns and to defend herself against allegations of misconduct, some criminal. She decried tabloids and a “targeted campaign” diminishing her role at the department.

“As a private American citizen, they called me an adulterer, predator, sexual deviant, temptress, seductress, stalker, harasser, sex-obsessed whore and just about every misogynistic thing a man could write about any woman without a grain of truth to it, but get away with if the woman they’re defaming is the slightest bit attractive,” Jones wrote, adding that “false stories” about her private life and children were “sickening.”

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  • Margaret Blustine

    June 3, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    De santis manipulates data daily using “positivity rate” instead of reporting ACTUAL CASES DAILY. IS FORMULA HE SNUCK IN HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER let’s him take “percent” of tests daily vs positive cases of tests. (He makes sure does lot testing to get lower cases daily and does? he also include all negative antibody tests?? probably too trick us. He says a lot everybody over 18 get tested symptoms or not!! Says wants know that but uses to manipulate true positive cases hundreds more increasing a lot since opening unsafely without meeting any fedl guidelines.see below data please. From June 3 thru june 3 in 2 days he reported 2730 new cases.virus surging even using his false numbers..he lies is getting much worse daily out of control. In 7 days from may 28 thru june 3 new cases 5926 after opened. In the 7 days from may 21 thru mayour 27 new cases 5163. 2nd week obvious 863 increased cases and climbing.. All while weeks still saying more tests available than demand for.now with surging increases he’s saying must cause be did more testing.lies. he controls testing makes sure can use corrupt phase open formula percent he wrote.FACTS FROM FLA DOH ARE SHOWING SURGING POSITIVE CASES NOW.
    MAY 4 36897 cases when he opened. then 14 days later may 18 total cases 46443 increase 1st 2 weeks open 9545 new cases.BUT 2nd 2 weeks opened from may 18th to on June 3 total cases 58764 increased cases 12232!! Alarming 2777 more cases 2nd 2 weeks open and increasing daily.
    His numbers. He lies as fla hospitalizations added 2221 2nd 2 weeks opened fla.now with surging cases he’s opening more!!! Hospitalizations and deaths he reports 2 weeks back. Deaths are over 300 a week.it’s murderous his lies as fla hospitals be overwhelmed in few weeks at rate of new cases surging.this opening dangerously will kill economy by July for decades.58000 cases june 3.april 1 was 6956!!
    April 4 too loose shutdown was 11545.47219 new cases in 8 weeks!! Now where do you think expoentially now he opened will be in july!! A dead economy and medical system and workers. Trump and de santis could both have paid people and businesses stopped virus.but both don’t want to spend the money.our money.instead the numbers are there and highest worse death days and case days since he opened he doesn’t even mention.he talks abt only nursing homes.still today.deflecting and corrupt.what I ask about the many millions of rest over 65 he’s exposed now to
    Surging cases to kill us in a horrific tortured death as he ignores fedl guidelines.ignores surging new cases as he glibly deflects.ignores high hospitalizations.fla will die de santis is failing us and lying manipulating as he continues to open using rigged forMula to kill.the above numbers are his numbers and they are causing a fast track for all of us to catrosphic collapse in florida just like trump doing to america using bullying lying deliberate avoidance to save america,these numbers are doh facts.they clearly show rapid path of surging worse than before loose shutdown thE 3rd worse state total cases

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