South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday)

Over 10K new infections for third straight day

- ByMarc Freeman

Florida reported 10,431newcoro­navirus casesonSat­urdayandan­other90new­resident deaths linkedtoCO­VID-19. Thestate hasnowrepo­rted 1,049,638 cases since the pandemic began.

South Florida

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.

Deaths

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.

AsofSaturd­ay, therewere

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.

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