State breaks record with 43,784 new cases re­ported in a week

10 mil­lion peo­ple have now been in­fected world­wide

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD - By Paola Pérez

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.

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■ 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.

Are you feel­ing stressed or de­pressed from the COVID19 out­break? There are re­sources avail­able for you. You can con­tact the Dis­as­ter Dis­tress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or visit https:// www.samhsa.gov/dis­as­ter-pre­pared­ness

■ 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.

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