Coronavirus cases in Florida reached 542,792 on Tuesday after 5,831 new positives and a record 276 additional deaths of residents in the state were reported, the Department of Health reported.
This is the highest number of deaths reported in a 24-hour period, surpassing the previous mark of 257 recorded on July 31.
In total, the results of 66,962 tests were reported with a positivity rate of 10.30%, above the goal of 10 percent and its highest level in six days, after three consecutive days in which it was below.
In the last week, 45,442 new cases have been reported: 5,831 on Tuesday, 4,155 on Monday, 6,229 on Sunday; 8,502 on Saturday, 7,686 on Friday, 7,650 on Thursday and 5,409 on Wednesday. The average number of positives to COVID-19 in the last week is 6,491 per day.
Miami-Dade now has 135,130 cases and Broward 63,605. The two counties have the highest number of infected people in the state, where 8,553 residents have already died from COVID-19. Another 132 nonresidents in the state have died in Florida, bringing the total deaths to 8,685.
In Miami-Dade alone, 1,909 people have died from COVID-19 and 856 in Broward.
Additionally, Palm Beach County has 37,641 positive cases and Monroe 1,548. A total of 31,354 people have been hospitalized in the state during this outbreak, which is not to say that all are hospitalized at this time.
In the central state, Hillsborough County has 32,996 cases and Orange has 32,042 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In the Southwest, Lee County has 16,718 positives and Collier County 10,487.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced at a press conference in Fort Lauderdale that starting this Tuesday, people over 65 years of age and those with coronavirus symptoms who reside in the Miami area will be able to know if they are infected in just 15 minutes.
“It does not help (to bring the infections under control) if you have symptoms and after seven days you still have not obtained the results of the tests,” said the governor.
From Tuesday, two special sites will operate, one at the Marlins Stadium and the other at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, as part of the authorities’ efforts to shorten the waiting period for test results, which has arrived. to be two weeks.
Both centers have the capacity to process 1,250 tests per day that detect the COVID-19 antigen.
Florida is the second state with the most accumulated coronavirus cases in the United States, only surpassed by California, which has more than 512,000, and the number of deaths is seventh.
Miami-Dade is the third most affected county by the pandemic in the entire country, behind New York and Los Angeles, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
Unemployment in the state
Rising unemployment is another of the most worrying effects of COVID-19 in Florida. Last week 105,410 Floridians applied for unemployment benefits, which is about 27,000 fewer people than the previous week.
In the last four months, 1.7 million Floridians, out of a total of 21.8 million, have benefited from funds from the economic stimulus package of the law called CARES, which provides $ 600 a week to those unemployed by the pandemic.
However, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) expired on Saturday.
The Senate plans to negotiate this week the details of a new aid package called the Heroes Act, which has already been approved by the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, the Miami mayor announced more funds to mitigate the looming housing crisis as a result of the impact of COVID-19 and the lack of employment.
A total of $ 1.3 million from state funds will go to assist residents unable to pay their mortgage or rent due to the pandemic.
The number of people getting tested is increasing day by day, but results are taking longer than expected.