Florida shattered the national record on Sunday for the largest one-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any state since the onset of the pandemic, adding more than 15,000 cases.
According to the State Department of Health Statistics, 15,299 people tested positive, for a total of 269,811 cases and 45 deaths were recorded.
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The figures come at the end of a bleak, record-breaking week when Florida reported 51
According to the AHCA database, there are 7,507 coronavirus patients in hospitals across the state as of Friday evening. According to DOH, 18,271 received hospital care because of the virus.
The data shows that Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have the highest number of current COVID-19 patients.
In Central Florida, Orange County has 542 patients, Osceola has 206, according to AHCA numbers.
Some hospital systems say they have the option of adding beds if needed.
Since the Florida Department of Health began reporting cases of coronavirus on March 1, the state has included the total number of hospitalizations but not the current number.
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Testing has doubled over the past month, from about 25,000 tests a day to almost 50,000, but the proportion of people who test positive has risen even more dramatically. One month ago, less than 5% of the tests came out positive with a daily average. During the past week, the daily average exceeded 19%.
Governor Ron DeSantis said that even with rising prices, he still wants schools to reopen as planned next month, saying that children have not been found to be vectors for the disease in states and countries where the campus is open. He said that while each county must come up with procedures, depending on their local rate of infection, the opening of schools would not exacerbate the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students.
Throughout May and into June, the state opened up a large portion of its economy with some restrictions – and the number of positive cases began to increase, but it was not until the past week that the daily death toll began to increase as well.
Because of the increase in cases and positivity, doctors have predicted an increase in deaths and say that mortality usually increases two to four weeks later as some of the infected become sicker and eventually die. Health experts are worried that people will gather in crowds and have expressed concern that the Republican National Congress nomination party for President Donald Trump will be held in Jacksonville in August.
The Associated Press contributed to this story
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