South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday)
Over 10K new infections for third straight day
Florida reported 10,431newcoronavirus casesonSaturdayandanother90newresident deaths linkedtoCOVID-19. Thestate hasnowreported 1,049,638 cases since the pandemic began.
Palm Beach County: 645 additional cases and 5 more deaths. The county nowhas 68,381 confirmed cases and 1,749 deaths, including 25 non-residents.
BrowardCounty: 1,100 additional cases and 3more deaths. Broward has a known total of 112,729casesand1,724deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The death tally includes 30 non-residents.
Miami-Dade County: 2,238 additional cases and 8 new deaths. The county now has 241,051 confirmed cases and 3,919 deaths, including 23 non-residents.
Testing and positivity
Public health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is under 5%.
But sinceOct. 29, Florida has exceeded 5% in its widely publicized calculation for assessing the rate for testing of residents.
The state reported a daily positivity rate of 7.32% on Saturday, down from 7.49% the day before.
This method of calculating positivity counts new infections only, but also counts repeat negative tests, which skewsthefigure downward.
According tothestate, the newreported case numbers reflect the results of 140,527
COVID-19 tests of Florida residents received from labs in the past day, up from
133,598 results reported the day before.
PalmBeachCounty: Test results for 9,788 residents were reported Saturday, leading to a daily positivity rate of 6.44%. That’s down
from6.79% thepreviousday. Broward County: Test results for 14,331 residents were reported Saturday, leading to a daily positivity rate of 7.67%. That’supfrom
7.41% the previous day. Miami-Dade County:
Test results for 27,590 residents were reported Saturday, leading to a daily positivity rate of 8.05%. That’s down from8.18% the previous day.
The state’s pandemic data report shows a total of
19,084 Floridians have died
fromCOVID-19. In addition,
243 nonresidents have died after contracting the virus.
Most of the fatalities reportedSaturdayhappened over severalweeksbutwere just confirmed in the past day.
4,335 peoplehospitalized in Florida with aprimary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the state Agency for HealthCareAdministration.
InSouthFlorida, Broward County reported 442, Palm Beach County had 275 and Miami-Dade had 744.
Hospitalizations hit a peak in late July of about
9,500 patients statewide, then dipped as low as 2,011 on Oct. 19.
The numbers steadily increased throughout November.