Florida reaches an­other record with 11,458 cases

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - LOCAL & STATE - BY DAVID J. NEAL dneal@mi­ami­her­ald.com

Saturday’s up­date on new con­firmed COVID-19 cases from the Florida Depart­ment of Health re­flected the state, Mi­ami-Dade and Broward record new sin­gle-day highs, rock­et­ing past previous peaks.

Florida added 11,458 cases, beat­ing the previous record of 10,109 by 13%. Of Florida’s to­tal, Mi­ami-Dade County ac­counted for 2,418, and 1,348 came from Broward County. Of the state’s 18 deaths re­ported Saturday, 12 were in Mi­ami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach coun­ties.

Since the novel coro­n­avirus pan­demic started, 190,052 peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive in Florida, 3,803 of whom have died.

The state be­gan adding anti­gen test re­sults to the case to­tals on Thurs­day. Anti­gen tests are a new cat­e­gory of tests that de­tect frag­ments of pro­teins found in the virus by test­ing sam­ples col­lected by nose swabs. South Florida coun­ties

● Mi­ami-Dade: In ad­di­tion to the afore­men­tioned, 2,418 cases, Mi­ami-Dade had four new deaths, bring­ing the death toll to 1,038. As of Saturday’s Mi­ami-Dade County New Nor­mal Dash­board up­date, the county was in the red flag zone in three cat­e­gories: tra­jec­tory of daily case counts over a 14-day pe­riod, two con­sec­u­tive weeks of a 14-day rolling pos­i­tive test rate un­der 10% (21.13%) and 30% of In­ten­sive Care Unit bed ca­pac­ity avail­able (26.33%). Mi­ami-Dade’s to­tal is 44,729 cases.

● Broward jumped 1,348 cases and three deaths and have pan­demic to­tals of 19,575 and 409, re­spec­tively.

● Palm Beach County: There were 845 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths. The county has the state’s third most cases, 16,149, and sec­ond most deaths, 541.

● Mon­roe County: With an­other 15 new cases re­ported Saturday, there have been 337 COVID-19 cases and five deaths.

On Saturday, Mi­ami-Dade hos­pi­tal­iza­tions for COVID-19 com­pli­ca­tions hit a to­tal of 1,466 pa­tients, ac­cord­ing to Mi­ami-Dade County’s “New Nor­mal” dash­board data. Ac­cord­ing to Saturday’s data, 174 peo­ple were dis­charged and 156 peo­ple were ad­mit­ted. Fri­day saw, for the first time, Mi­ami-Dade’s ICU avail­abil­ity mov­ing into Red Flag ter­ri­tory in the county’s daily coro­n­avirus re­port. COVID-19 pa­tients are tak­ing up more than 70 per­cent of avail­able ICU beds.

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