3,822 new COVID-19 cases, another daily record

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Nearly 90,000 Floridians have been diagnosed with the virus.

State health officials reported 3,822 new COVID-19 cases Friday, another day of growing cases as the pandemic has seen record growth over the past week.

The new cases put overall diagnoses at 89,748, and with at least 43 newly reported death, the state’s death toll is at least 3,197, including 3,104 dead Floridians. Another 197 Floridians were hospitalized, raising the hospitalization count to 12,774.

The last seven days alone have brought more than a fifth, or 18,777, of the state’s confirmed cases since the virus was first reported in the Sunshine State in March.

Friday’s report also showed 3,327 new cases throughout the day Thursday. That day’s daily report showed 3,207 new cases, but because the daily reports are 10 a.m. snapshots, many of those cases were confirmed Wednesday.

The percent positivity rate among people who were not previously known positives again topped 10%, levels not seen since the state first began reporting that number in late April. Two weeks ago, that rate was 3.2% despite the state receiving 6,000 more tests that day.

Gov. Ron DeSantis used to highlight that metric to show the state’s progress in containing the pandemic. But the growing number doesn’t match with his defense of the growing number of cases, that expanded testing is revealing contained pockets of the virus among migrant farmers and inmates.

More than 1.5 million people, including 34,834 Thursday, have been tested for the novel coronavirus in Florida. The state and public and private partners have opened testing facilities across the hardest-hit parts of the state that are available to anyone, regardless of age or symptoms, a stark change from the early days of the pandemic.

And the state’s most populous counties have seen a growing number of weekly hospital visits for flu-like and COVID-like illnesses, another metric used to determine the state’s reopening progress.

During a Tuesday press conference, DeSantis told reporters that “we’re not rolling back” reopening progress. Since June 5, Florida has been in Phase Two of three, which includes allowing 100% capacity at retailers and mass gatherings of 50 or less. It also allows bars and movie theaters to reopen, but some chains like AMC are still not opening locations.

“We’re not shutting down. We’re going to go forward,” he said. “We’re going to continue to protect the most vulnerable. We’re going to urge, continue to advise particularly our elderly population, to maintain social distancing, avoid crowds.”

In a Friday tweetHelen Aguirre Ferré, the Governor’s spokesperson, highlighted that those testing positive for the virus aren’t in the at-risk demographic for severe cases.

“In Florida, those testing positive for COVID are younger and affected less severely which is why ICU bed availability is good and deaths remain low,” she said.

Statewide, 23% of adult ICU beds are available.

The Governor will hold a press conference at Florida International University Friday afternoon.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, which have not entered Phase Two with the rest of the state, are still the main hot spots for the virus.

The Department of Health shows 24,376 cases for Miami-Dade County, 522 more than on Thursday, and Broward County added 337 cases to reach 10,448. Palm Beach County passed 10,000 cases, now with 10,116 after counting 262 more, the day after Broward crossed that threshold.

Cases in Hillsborough County, which saw a 14% positivity rate among all people tested, are also on the rise. The Orlando area, too, has seen an uptick. Hillsborough County has 4,982 cases, an increase of 372, and Orange County has 4,274 total cases, with 374 new reports.

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3 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 19, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Cult cult cult. Duffus Desantis is completely brainwashed by the goptrump cult leader trump. Facts save lives. STAY HOME!!!!! Wear a mask. Wash hands. Social distance only away from home for dire needs! Desantis does not care about Floridians ! Desantis bows down and worships goptrump sociopath leader Trump.

  • Margaret Ann Blustine

    June 19, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Interesting comment de santis now saying showing positive trends.that’s for sure. Positive trend of straight up tripled new cases and steadily surging. De santis lies. Isn’t more tests last 2 weeks 9 days.lies.

    Positive upward trend in hospitalizations since june 3rd now record highs more daily.
    Positivity rate trend tripled as surges straight up.

    He says more cases doesn’t mean somebody’s sick.well lying de santis more cases are definitely reflected in a lot of some bodies being sick in steadily rising hospitalizations since june 3.he lies again.

    Antibody tests are showing only 8000 results.another misleading lie.

    New cases surging are because virus was at high 1200 2 days before phase 1 and not safe to open.

    De santis old tired excuse more cases because more testing so surges ok. Lie.
    More cases because more sick people. No matter how many tests he does huge triple jumps of cases and steady upward increasing hospitalizations using his dept of health numbers shows virus out of control in most of florida.he lies.

    21 states rising numbers. Fla 3800, Texas 3500, Arizona 2519. Calif high can’t get still test kits from trump. Rest of 17 rising daily at 24 to high of 700 in 1 day. Clearly Florida is in dire condition.
    17 states are declining. Many with under 200 in 1 day put back restrictions.

    The public needs to voice this ongoing destruction by de santis in protest face his distorted lies down.in 35 days at this steady rising rate will be 1 million added cases untold deaths and closed businesses as workers ongoing sick.

    Florida now CANNOT be saved at this point with masks and 6 ft. It’s too late. Has spread in 3 weeks past help.only thing slow spread is strict lockdown.de santis says how enforce.
    Just like other smart states declined back to safe normal.
    Enforce with 5000 fines.a few of those people get it. Enforce with jail.a few spending a week in jail they’ll get it.
    Otherwise florida is too late to save economy or lives because de santis doesnt care about anything but politics.
    Won’t be any politics by november. America and florida will be destroyed already.

    De santis and trump live in mansions while america lost catrosphic businesses homes families lives and stands in long food lines. Democrats never did that degree or near it of destruction that trump and de santis doing.

    All because neither want to spend and didn’t in February spent our fedl resources to stop virus pay everybody till safe to open.like many countries governments successfully did now normal open.freedom isn’t standing in food lines getting sick or dying from working or burying loved ones needlessly.
    That’s what de santis continues to make worse daily as he çares only abt politics like trump.people are disposable to both and both need to be ignored and called out by all races to stop the murder,

    Trump in February didn’t want to spend money to save great america.HE destroyed it. Finally democrats got a stimulus pkg.now 2nd needed one they trying 6 weeks get to people.trump says no.
    Won’t ever do it.
    Did you know bulk of unemployment money for florida people comes from fedl government funds??
    De santis won’t ask or demand it from dictator trump so uses excuses of bad system.de santis had a year to fix it.didnt.

    There is no more Republican party.it’s under trump disappeared and become a dictatorship with a group of his inexperienced kids and scared puppet staff
    Supposed to lead protect and govern america. None of that has happened. Trump cut cdc and funding in 2018.used money give tax cuts rich friends. Cdc was disbanded by him first in history so no chance respond to crisis.
    Trump only government told governors with little resources go do his job figure out how handle respond to national pandemic.then for 2 months he tweeted about himself all night and played golf.
    Now look what his lazy full of fake promises and lies has done to us in America and florida.
    Trump like de santis lies saying…we are looking into it…we are considering it…we are thinking about it…we plan to..we are working on it…for 3 months!! BUT NOTHING HAPPENED FROM EITHER EXCEPT MORE DELAYS RISING CASES RISING DEATHS RISING HOSPITALIZATIONS.
    DO THOSE WORDS OF HIS SOUND FAMILIAR??? ARE SAME FAKE PROMISES SAME WORDS HE USES AT CAMPAIGN RALLY AND ADS. PURE FALSE PROMISES HE NEVER DELIVERED ON AND INSTEAD DID NOTHING DESTROYED AMERICA AND FLORIDA. A FAKE PRESIDENT AND A CORRUPT LYING GOVERNOR IN FLORIDA.IS HEADING STRAIGHT UP TO DESTRUCTION.SO MUCH DESTRUCTION ALREADY AND BOTH CONTINUING SMALL INTEREST IN TRUE STATE OF THE COUNTRY US OR ANYTHING BUT THEIR POLITICS.
    IT’S WHAT HAPPENED.NOW.THEY DID IT DELIBERATELY TO NOT SPEND “OUR” FEDL MONEY TO STOP VIRUS PAY US AND CARE. DEMOCRATS NEVER EVER PUT US IN THIS DRASTIC A STATE OF HORROR. WITH NO END IN SIGHT.PRAY DEMOCRATS CAN GET 2ND STIMULUS NEEDED BILL SIGNED BY TRUMP.TRUMP SAYS HE WONT.LET THEM DIE. HE LIVES IN A MANSION WHILE THE WORLD SAYS HE’S DEADLY AND HIS DELIBERATE LACK OF ACTION HAS DESTROYED AMERICAN LIVES AND ECONOMY. THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THE LOGIC. THERE IS NO LOGIC JUST IGNORING SPENDING ALL THEIR TIME ON POLITICS WHILE AMERICA IS DYING IN MANY MANY WAYSIDRO INCREASING TO TOTAL DESTRUCTION AS BOTH OF THEM LOOK THE OTHER WAY AND TALK ABOUT AN ELECTION.THAT’S EVIL INSANE AND DEADLY.LO’CALLAGHAN LEADERS NEED TO ENFORCE LOCKDOWN OR AMERICA IS GONE AND US TOO….

  • Edward freeman

    June 19, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Impeach Ron DeSatan

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