Florida coronavirus cases see massive daily surge

Florida coronavirus cases see massive daily surge

More than 1.77 million people in Florida have been tested so far.

But after Florida seemingly avoided the worst of the virus, new cases in the state have skyrocketed, with the Florida Department of Health reporting almost 9,000 new cases on Friday, a figure that dwarfed the state's previous one-day coronavirus case record and showed the number of new cases more than tripling in just two weeks.

The surge in cases has been most pronounced in a handful of southern and western states that reopened earlier and more aggressively than other states, serving as a warning to the potentially illusory nature of any perceived progress in controlling the virus. The death toll is at 947, the highest in the state. "We had a tailored and measured approach that not only helped our numbers be way below what anybody predicted, but also did less damage to our state going forward". The DOH COVID-19 dashboard is also providing updates once per day. Unlike testing, which might be limited or take days to report results, hospitalizations can help give officials a real-time snapshot of how many people are severely ill with COVID-19. And most of the new cases and hospitalizations have been younger patients and not as severely ill as they were during the first wave in April.

At AdventHealth Palm Coast, ICU capacity was at 50 percent today, and total bed capacity at 31 percent. On Thursday, however, 71,433 people were tested, with a positivity rate of 13.05%.

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Experts have noted that flattening the curve was just an immediate necessity to prevent health systems from getting overwhelmed. While a handful of states require people to wear masks in public, many others have not issued any guidance.

Flagler has taken pride in limiting Covid-19 infections in long-term care facilities to very few cases-three staffers at three different facilities, and one resident at a fourth, according to the Flagler Health Department.

The cases raise the overall statewide total since the pandemic began to a reported 122,960 infections.

Florida's big increase in new COVID-19 cases comes amid a nationwide spike in cases.

The worsening contagion in the south and west comes as northern states, notably NY and its neighbours, which were hit hardest initially, have reported declining cases and have begun to forge ahead with reopening plans.

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