FL Reports 12K New Cases, Fifth Straight Day Over 10K

Reuters reports:

Florida reported over 12,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the fifth day in a row the state has announced over 10,000 new infections, even as President Donald Trump pledged that the virus was coming under control.

Trump defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in an interview broadcast on Sunday, including his statement that there were only embers of the virus popping up around the country.

Trump on “Fox News Sunday” repeated his assertion that the virus will eventually disappear. “I’ll be right eventually,” he said. “It’s going to disappear and I’ll be right.”

The Miami Herald reports:

Also reported: 89 deaths, bringing its total death toll during the novel coronavirus pandemic to 5,091. Miami-Dade accounted for almost one-third of those deaths, reporting 28 along with 3,212 cases.

According to the state’s county-by-county breakdown, which uses data input at slightly different times of day than the dashboard, the average daily positive test rate for July 5 through July 11 was 14.4. From July 12 through Saturday, that rate dropped to 12.72%, an improvement of 1.68 percentage points or 11.67% but still above a 10% positive test rate.

Last week, the state had 69,700 new cases. This week’s 80,236 new cases pushes the state past the 350,000 cases for the pandemic, a case count now at 350,047.