As U.S. grapples with virus, Florida hits record case increase

Medical scientist looking at a molecule under a magnifying glass, medical concept with flag of the states of USA. State of Florida flag 3D illustration.
The previous record of new cases was

State officials reported a walloping 15,300 new COVID-19 cases Sunday morning overshadowing the previous daily record by nearly 4,000.

With the new diagnoses, 269,811 people, including 266,119 Florida residents, have tested positive in the Sunshine State.

On the Fourth of July, the Department of Health and Division of Emergency Management reported 11,458 new diagnoses, which stood as the daily record until Sunday’s update. Reporting more than 10,000 new cases per morning update became a semi-regular occurrence over the past week, including Saturday, when the state reported 10,360 new positives.

The 15,300 new cases cover Saturday morning to Sunday morning. For Saturday only, the state diagnosed 15,299 positive residents.

The spike in total cases comes the day after Gov. Ron DeSantis said the spread of new cases had “plateaued” over the last two weeks. But while the raw number of cases continues to set new highs, the percent positivity rate is inching downward.

The state counted 142,981 new samples Saturday, 50% higher than the 95,335 individuals counted Thursday, the previous testing record.

Among those people who were prospective new positive cases, 11.3% returned positive. That’s still above the state’s target 10% positivity rate, but below the 15%, 16% and even 18% the state hit over the past two weeks.

“We increased from the end of June into July, but it’s been plateaued for the last two weeks, which is a good sign,” DeSantis told reporters Saturday. “We’d rather be plateaued at 4%, but we didn’t want to see it continue to just go up and up.”

But while he highlighted the bright side of several thousands of new confirmed cases, deaths have started to tick upward. As of Sunday morning, 4,242 residents and 104 non-residents have died in Florida, an increase of 45 residents.

Since Thursday, Florida recorded three straight days of more than 90 confirmed fatalities. Sunday put an end to that streak, but the state typically reports fewer fatalities on Sunday.

Another 248 residents were confirmed with COVID-19 cases in hospitals. Throughout the pandemic, 18,271 Floridians have been hospitalized.

At the time of publication, 7,446 people are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. And 4,975 of the state’s 6,131 adult ICU beds are occupied, leaving 18.9% available.

Emergency departments are noticing a downward trend in recent days of the number of visits for symptoms tied to COVID-19 and the flu. But DeSantis warned that could be “more noise than signal,” instead bookmarking that metric as something to revisit in the coming days.

While South Florida remains the largest hot spot, cases are also growing in Central Florida, Southwest Florida and the Jacksonville area.

DOH reported 3,576 new cases in Miami-Dade County, where now 64,444 have tested positive. Broward County added 1,772 cases to reach 30,025 and Palm Beach County has 20,018 overall, including 1,171 more in Sunday’s report.

Hillsborough County has 19,150 after receiving 790 new positives. Cases in Pinellas County are also on the rise with 10,844 total, an increase of 248.

Orange County, another resurgent county, now has 18,001 cases after counting 1,371 new positives.

Duval County reports 12,864 total cases, an increase of 577.

Lee County became the latest county with more than 10,000 cases, now 10,123 after a jump of 1,275 cases

___

Editor’s note on methodology: The Florida Department of Health releases new data every morning around 10:45 a.m. The total number reported in those daily reports include the previous day’s totals as well as the most up to date data as of about 9:30 a.m.

Florida Politics uses the report-over-report increase to document the number of new cases each day because it represents the most up-to-date data available. Some of the more specific data, including positivity rates and demographics, considers a different data set that includes only cases reported the previous day.

This is important to note because the DOH report lists different daily totals than our methodology to show day-over-day trends. Their numbers do not include non-residents who tested positive in the state and they only include single-day data, therefore some data in the DOH report may appear lower than what we report.

Our methodology was established based on careful consideration among our editorial staff to capture both the most recent and accurate trends.

Staff Reports


3 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    July 12, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Test test test! Wear a damn mask! Duffus Desantis shut down the theme parks! Disaster of world wide spread from tourists! Cancel the RNC! You and cockroach Corcoran are not serious about opening our schools and protecting our children! You are both just goptrump cult sociopaths ! Repeat and peat whatever Putin loving scum traitor trump says do!

  • Margu ustin

    July 12, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    WILL YOU PLEASE ALL STOP FILLING UP ARTICLES WITH DE SANTIS QUOTES ABOUT TOTAL CASES AND POSITIVITY HE DOES DELIBERATELY TO NOT ADDRESS MOST IMPORTANT DRASTIC FACTS AT ALL TO FOOL YOU.

    MOST IMPORTANT FACTS PRESS NEEDS TO INTERRUPT HIS USUAL LEAST IMPORTANT TALK YELL AND ASK.

    HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE REPORTED 54 PERCENT HIGHER THAN DAY BEFORE ONGOING.164 previous day Saturday 248. HOSPITALS ARE FULL WHERE NEEDED AND DEATHS HAVE DOUBLED NOW DAILY.

    IT’S NOT LAGGING NUMBERS HOSPITALS REPORT.HOSPITALS REPORT DEATHS NOW DOUBLE FOR AGE 25 TO 44 IN LAST FEW WEEKS COMPARED TO 106 FROM APRIL TO JUNE.

    500 deaths last week alone.UNDER HALF DEATHS TO DATE NURSING HOMES THAT LEAVES 52 PERCENT REGULAR FLORIDA RESIDENTS BY HIS OWN DATA.

    DEPT OF HEALTH SATURDAY RECORD ORD 15000 CASES IS 3000 OVER WORSE DAY RECORD IN NY. AND WEEKS DAILY BEFORE AT 9500 11000 10000 11000 DAILY. NY RECORD HIGH 12000 SO MANY WEEKS CLOSE NY RECORD.
    ISO GOING ON TO LONG AT THESE NUMBERS TO BE LAGGING ANYTHING.

    WHY ISN’T HE MANDATING MASKS WHEN FOR MONTHS NOW TOO MANY LOCAL LEADERS ARENT AND IS CAUSING HUGE ONGOING RUNAWAY VIRUS.
    OF COURSE HE CAN ENFORCE IT AS EVEN SMALEER STATES ARE DOING FINES AS CAN.

    LATEST RESEARCH SHOWS 40 PERCENT OF INFECTED DO NOT SHOW SYMPTOMS FOR DAYS UP TO 14 THEREFORE TAKING TEMPS AT PARKS AIRPORTS ETC USELESS TO SLOW SPREAD.40 PERCENT PROVEN.THAT’S MAIN REASON OUT OF CONTROL.
    WEARING MASKS MANDATE WOULD SLOW THEN 40 PERCENT OF SPREADING PER LATEST RESEARCH.
    SEVL COUNTRIES ALSO REPORTED THIS FINDING.

    DEMAND HE STOP WASTING YOUR TIME TALKING ABT CASE AMTS AND POSITIVITY BECAUSE HE CONTROLS WHERE WHEN HOW MANYOU AND TRICKS YOU ALL TALKING ABT ANTIBODY TESTS INSTEAD OF

    IMPORTANT MOST OF ANYTHING TELL HIM IS FOCUSING ON RECORD DAILY HIGH HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DOUBLING DEATHS ONGOING.
    FOCUS HIM ON INSTEAD OF PUTTING SEVERELY SICK PEOPLE IN CONVENTION CENTERS ETC UNABLE tO SANITIZE and Old buildings all over FLORIDA WHY ISN’T HE SEEING THIS HOSPITAL OVERFLOW AS DRASTIC AS IT IS AND SCALING BACK OPENINGS AND MANDATING MASKS statewide NOW PROVEN OVER TIME CAN SLOW IT BY 40 PERCENT??, WHEN MONTHS NOW NOT ENOUGH LOCAL LEADERS ARE DOING AS RECORD HIGH HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS.NEEDS TO COME FROM STATE LEVEL.

    Excuse can’t enforce bullxxx as other states impose fines as they can.a state mandate for masks is only thing other than real lockdown to slow catastrophe RIGHT NOW.

    OTHER STATES TEXAS CALIF ARIZONA DID THESE CLOSINGS MANDATED MASKS BUT STILL FEW MORE WEEKS SEEING DISASTER UNTIL NEW ORDERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SLOWING. BUT DE SANTIS NOT DOING. ENOUGH LOCAL LEADERS WONT.NEEDS BE HIS ORDER CLOSE MORE PLACES MANDATE MASKS.
    HE’S PLANNING INSTEAD ON EVERY CORNER OLD BUILDINGS HOTELS CENTERS FILLED WITH DYING SENIORS NOW OTHER HALF WORKERS WITH NO END IN SITE,

    DE SANTIS TRENDS ARE SHOWING WITHOUT DRASTIC ACTION NO END EVER IN SIGHT,IT’S BEEN 5 MONTHS. COULD HAVE BEEN STOPPED IN MARCH THRU MATTY AND NOW HE STILL WON’T DO WHAT WILL STOP IT..ASKING DIDNT WORK.SUGGESTING DIDNT WORK.

    Masks and fines as can and 4 weeks close more proves works. STOP LETTING HIM WASTE YOUR PRESS CONFERENCES TIME WITH CASES TALK ThatS NOT WHAT’S IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW.

    SEND REPORTERS WITH GUTS INTERRUPT HIS NON IMPORTANT CASE TALK CONSTANTLY. WITH DEMANDING ANSWERS WHY INSTEAD OF MANDATE ORDER ENFORCED OR NOT HE’S NOT DOING INSTEAD DUMPING SICK PEOPLE IN OVERFLOW IMPOSSIBLE SANITIZE BUILDINGS TO DIE AND BE TERRIFIED.HOSPITALS REPORT HIS NURSES SENDING NIT MUCH HELP.RESPONSE TO EACH OF HIS EXCUSES BECAUSE HE’S MANIPULATING ALL OF YOU WITH LONG SPEECHS ABT CASE DATA CONSTANTLY IGNORING NOT ADDRESSING WHY CASES ARE SURGING TO 11000 15000 DAILY.BECAUSE NOT MANDATED MASKS AND NOT CLOSING MORE DOWN SEVL WEEKS.WHEN LOCAL LEADERS NOT OBVIOUSLY DOING ENOUGH.DEMAND WHY HE DOESNT TAKE DRASTIC ACTION NOW AS WHAT HE’S DONE AND NOTHE DONE…RESULTED IN TODAY’S HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS AT RECORD HIGHS AND WILL INCREASE WITHOUT GOVERNOR STATE ACTION.IMAGINE BEING SO SEVERELY SICK AND DE SANTIS PUTS YOU IN A CONVENTION CENTERS COTS WITH LITTLE MEDL STAFF AND NO WAY REALLY SANITIZE.

    DE SANTIS TURNING FLORIDA INTO UNSANITARY UNDERSTAFFED DAILY WARTIME FIELD CONDITIONS AND IT’S AVOIDABLE RIGHT NOW AS ALL HOSPITALS REACHING CAPACITY BY MANDATING STATE MASKS OUTSIDE HOME SAND CLOSING VIRUS SPREADING RESTAURANT BARS GYNPMPS ALL OF PHASE 2 ACROSS FLORIDA. HIS ONLY RESULT IF HE DOESNT RIGHT NOW IS TOTAL POLITICAL SUICIDE AND DESTRUCTION OF FLORIDA ECONOMY AND BUDGET DEFICITS.CALL WORSE.
    DR FAUCI SAID MORE SICK PEOPLE WORSE ECONOMY ON AND ON AND THAT’S WHAT DE SANTIS DOING.

    CONVENTION NOT COMING FLA.FEDL GOVT KNOWS FLORIDA BE DEAD DOOMED AT ALL LEVELS BY THEN BECAUSE TOO MUCH OPEN AND NO STATE MASK MANDATE,40 PERCENT DROP ONGOING COULD HAPPEN IF DE SANTIS DID MANDATE AND FINES AS HE CAN.IT’S NOBODY’S RIGHT TO ENDANGER OTHERS SAFETY.LEON CITY CASE PROVER THAT.DE SANTIS HAS NO REAL EXCUSES ANY MORE.FIND GREPORTERS WITH GUTS SHOUT HIS MOUTH DOWN SAY WE ARE NOT HERE TO HEAR ABT CASES WE ARE HEAR TO ETC ANSWERS ABT HOSPITALIZATIONS DEATHS AND OVERFLOWS NEEDING TO BE AVOIDED TODAY AS TODAY IS CAUSING ALL THE TOMORROWS OVERFLOWS AND DEATHS.AND TO GET MASKS MANDATED NOT FOCUS ON ENFORCING.
    BECAUSE ENOUGH LOCAL LEADERS OBVIOUSLY NOT DING NEEDS BE STATE AND FINES.THAT’S WHY REPORTERS SHOULD STOP HIS MANIPULATING YOU ALL WITH FILLING PRESS CONFERENCES ABT CASES. SEND STRONG REPORTERS EVERY NEWS OUTLET WHO PREPARE AND INTERRUPT HIS CASE TALK TAKING UP THE TIME.

    These

  • Marguerite ustin

    July 12, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    AGAIN LOT REPORTERS A QUOTING ALMOST WHOLE ARTICLE ABT DE SANTIS DISTRACTING THEM SAME OLD MANTRA GOING ON AND ON ABT CASE TOTALS AND AGES. SAYING THAT AGE GROUP NOT NEEDED HOSPITALS ETC ETC. LIES LIES LIES.
    IMPORTANT FACTS IS HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE RECORD HIGH REFLECTING HIGH PERCENT OF CASES AND DEATHS GOING UP UP UP.

    HOSPITALS AT CAPACITY WHY LET HIM GO ON ABOUT POSITIVITY RATE DECLINING MISLEADING DEADLY???

    Please IF GOING FOCUS ON POSITIVITY RATE PLS PLS EXPLAIN TO YOUR READERS THAT IS HIM TAKING TOTAL TESTS DAILY AND PERCENT POSITIVE. USELESS INFORMATION TRICK RULE HE PUT IN HIS OPEN PHASE RULES.
    BECAUSE HE CONTROLS THAT DAILY TOTAL TESTS AMTS AND WHERE AND HOW LONG AND HOW MANY.

    HIS TRICK IS SLEAZY AND CORRUPT. HE DOES MORE TESTING HUGELY SO CAN SAY DECLINING POSITIVE WITH A STRAIGHT FACE WHEN RECORD HIGH HOSPITALIZATIONS RECORD DEATHS DAILY. GET IT???

    PLS PRINT THIS DISCLAIMER EVERY TIME HE BLOWS OFF REPORTERS WITH ONGOING NOT THAT IMPORTANT AS HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS WHICH HE JUST IGNORES ALWAYS.

    NOW FLORIDA HAS MORE RECORD HIGH CASES HOSPITALIZATIONS THAN ANYWHERE EVER BEFORE IN WORLD.
    WHAT IS WRONG THAT OTHER LEADERS DON’T GET RID OF HIM NOW. HE DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AS IT GETS WORSE AND WORSE HE STILL BALDFACED LIAR GOES ON TV SAYS LIES AND DOES NOTHING. THE VIRUS NOW IN FLORIDA IS MORE OUT OF CONTROL POSITIVE ETC ETC THAN ANY PLACE IN WORLD NOW.

    THIS CANT CONTINUE TO LET HIM MISLEADING THE MEDIA SO HUGELY TALKING ABT RATE DECLINING WITH HIGHEST HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS RECORD HIGHS SAME DAY YESTERDAY.HE’S SET FLORIDA UP ON RUNAWAY APOCALYPSE WITH NO END BUT TOTAL DESTRUCTION.

    42 PERCENT WEEKS 24 TO 48 AGE AT PRESS OVER 43 PERCENT IN ICUS FOR GOD’S SAKE. 57 PERCENT ARE DYING SENIORS THEY INFECTED BECAUSE DE SANTIS CERTAINLY DID NOT PROTECT MOST VULNERABLE LIVING AT HOME BUT CREATED DOING LIES DAILY TOUT KEEP INFECTING THEM.

    AND AGE GROUP 25 TO 49 ARE DYING NOW TOO.
    CAN’T ANYBODY SOMEBODY STOP THIS TOTAL INSANITY HE DISPLAYS.HE SHOWS HE HAS NO SOUL NO CONSCIENCE AND DOESNT BOTHER HIM AT ALL TO LIE BLATANTLY DAILY TO FLORIDA RESIDENTS. IT’S CORRUPTION AND CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE DESERVING OF JAIL IMMEDIATELY.

Comments are closed.


#FlaPol

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Drew Dixon, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Andrew Wilson, and Kelly Hayes.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704