Florida Again Breaks Single-Day Record For New Cases

Tampa’s NBC News affiliate reports:

Florida broke its single-day coronavirus case record Saturday morning when the health dept. reported nearly 10,000 new cases of COVID-19. A total of 132,545 people have tested positive for the new virus in the state of Florida, which is 9,585 more than Friday.

The state said a total of 78,345 people got tested Friday — a new record. The percent positivity for new cases— the number of people who tested positive for the first time divided by all the people tested that day — on Friday was 12.82%.

The state started releasing the median age of cases by day in its daily report last week. The median age on Friday followed a three-day trend of 34. Tampa Bay area counties have reported an upward trend in young adults testing positive for the virus.

The Miami Herald reports:

In just over a week, Florida has reported nearly 40,000 new cases, which accounts for about a third of all the confirmed cases in the state since the pandemic began. On Friday, the state suspended alcohol consumption at bars and Miami-Dade announced that beaches would be closed and most parades and parties canceled for July 4.

And while several Miami-Dade cities are requiring people to wear masks in public, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday refused to make a statewide mandate. Miami-Dade County saw 1,366 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one new death. The county’s known total is now at 31,562. The death toll is at 947, the highest in the state.