State breaks record with 43,784 new cases reported in a week
10 million people have now been infected worldwide
Florida reported 8,530 new coronavirus cases Sunday, continuing a streak of soaring numbers for reported COVID-19 infections.
The state hit a record for a single-day increase with Saturday’s 9,585 new reported cases. The second highest day was Friday, with 8,942, followed by today’s report.
The state health department has now registered a total of 141,075 positive cases since the outbreak began.
The death toll is from the day before.
It has also tracked 14,244 hospitalizations, up 108 from Saturday’s report.
From Sunday to Sunday, Florida saw 43,784 new reported cases of COVID-19, the highest amount in a one-week period since the pandemic began. 258 deaths were reported this week, and 282,909 tests were administered, the latter breaking another record for the state.
In comparison, the week ending June 21 saw 21,723 cases, 230 deaths and over 190,000 tests administered.
The state saw four straight weeks of more than 300 reported deaths from mid-April to midMay, but has since seen seven straight weeks of 264 reported deaths or less.
Vice President Mike Pence has canceled re-election campaign events in Florida as confirmed cases surge in the state. But Pence will travel to the state on July 2 to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis and health officials, according to the Associated Press.
On Sunday, DeSantis said in a press conference at Pensacola that Florida remains on the right track in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, despite a mounting number of new cases.
The daily median age for positive cases in the past two weeks ranges between 33 and 37, according to the health department’s Sunday report.
However, DeSantis said he would like to see the positivity rate go back down, and reiterated
3,419, up 29 following safe guidelines including clean hygiene, social distance and knowing when to wear a mask.
“We’re going to trust people to make good decisions,” he said, adding that he has no plans to mandate the use of masks.
The latest statewide update also shows that 12.40% of new patients tested positive for COVID-19. The health department calculates this figure by taking the number of people who test positive for the first time, and dividing it by the number of people tested that day. This figure excludes patients who have previously tested positive.
One new Central Florida fatality was reported Sunday: a 100-year-old man in Polk County with no travel history, but who came in contact with someone with coronavirus.
The region’s death toll stands at 299. Polk County leads with 93, followed by Orange’s 56, Volusia’s 54, Osceola’s 24, Lake’s 22, Sumter and Brevard with 17 each and Seminole with 16.
To be clear, Sunday’s 29 deaths did not all happen on Saturday; they were newly reported and verified after the state’s Saturday update.
It has taken as long as two weeks for a coronavirus-related death to be reported by the state.
The state’s actual deadliest day remains May 4 with 59 fatalities, according to the Florida Department of Health. In April, the U.S. peaked at nearly 2,300 deaths in one day.
South Florida has reported 17 new deaths since Saturday from its three hard-hit counties: Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. Combined they account for 1,838 deaths, which is about 54% of the state’s overall death toll.
The majority of those who died were ages 65 and older.
Central Florida now has 22,448 cases, an increase of 1,869 from a day earlier.
There are 834 new cases in Orange for a total of 9,671; 313 in Polk for 3,495; 164 in Seminole for 2,366; 188 in Volusia for 1,933; 184 in Osceola for 1,833; 84 in Brevard for 1,631; 94 in Lake for 1,192; and eight in Sumter for 327.
South Florida, home to 29% of Florida’s population, remains the hardest-hit region, accounting for about 44% total.
That includes 3,187 new cases reported Saturday among MiamiDade (33,714), Broward (14,620), and Palm Beach (13,389) counties.
Over 10 million people worldwide have tested positive for COVID-19, and nearly 500,000 have died. In the U.S., there are more than 2.5 million reported cases with over 125,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center.
The U.S. has the most fatalities by far, followed by Brazil with over 57,000, the United Kingdom with over 43,000, Italy with nearly 35,000, France with nearly 30,000, and Spain with over 28,000.
Mexico, with over 26,000 deaths, and India, with more than 16,000, have become hot spots along with Brazil in the past month.
Within the U.S., New York has the most deaths with over 31,000, followed by New Jersey with nearly 15,000.
Florida now ranks 9th among U.S. states in fatalities, but with more than 21 million in population and about 1 death per 6,380 residents, it ranks 28th for death rate.
■ Pneumonia caused by COVID-19 killed both Pete and Eleanor Baker, retired snowbirds who were married nearly 62 years and spent winters in an RV in Central Florida.
■ Herman Boehm of Mount Dora, who enjoyed a life filled with adventures with his wife, died March 29 after contracting coronavirus. He was 86. Well into his 80s, Boehm enjoyed near-annual trips to Europe with his wife.
Earlier in life, they spent a year cruising in the Bahamas on a sailboat. They went scuba diving and skiing. They danced the Argentine Tango.
■ A fiesty woman who witnessed World War II and 9/ 11 firsthand, Ada Ficarra’s story is one of survival, said her daughter Liz Starr. Born in the small town of Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Ficarra died April 26 at Sonata West, an assisted living facility in Winter Garden, where she had lived since 2018. She was 79.
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■ Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
■ Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with people in poor health.
■ Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
■ Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue.
■ Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
■ Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Follow these recommendations for using a face mask: The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social-distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.