Florida reaches another record with 11,458 cases
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.