COVID-19 in Florida: 4,452 new infections, test positivity highest in three months

Marc Freeman, South Florida Sun Sentinel
·2 min read

Florida health officials on Saturday reported another 4,452 people with COVID-19 infections, and 87 more deaths from the disease.

The state also posted a higher testing positivity rate of 8.28%, for new infections only, and another rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, with at least 100 new patients in 24 hours.

While these figures are far below Florida’s pandemic record totals from the summer, all are indicators of a state again losing its grip on the coronavirus. Public health experts warn that this resurgence will get worse without a renewed focus on social distancing, facial coverings and better hygiene.

The state’s increased virus spread tracks along rising infections throughout the nation. The U.S. reached a record of 126,480 daily cases on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Since March, Florida has reported positive COVID-19 tests for 837,077 people, along with the virus deaths of 17,100 Floridians and 211 non-residents who died in the state.

South Florida

Broward County: 421 additional confirmed coronavirus cases. The county has a known total of 90,172 cases and 1,574 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The death tally includes 29 non-residents.

Palm Beach County: 37 additional cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths. The county now has 55,002 confirmed cases and 1,633 deaths, including 24 non-residents.

Miami-Dade County: 808 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11 more deaths. The county now has 192,646 confirmed cases and 3,704 deaths, including 22 non-residents.

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Marc Freeman can be reached at mjfreeman@sunsentinel.com and on Twitter @marcjfreeman.

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