Florida health officials had another record day, as coronavirus cases peaked in Miami-Dade and Broward County on Saturday.
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Despite the beaches being closed before the weekend of July 4 to prevent crowds from gathering, there were 2,418 new cases of coronavirus in Miami-Dade County on Saturday.
Miami Beach mayor Dan Gelber chastised residents for “not listening” and refused to adhere to social distancing protocols and mask mandates that have been in effect for weeks.
“For some people, they listen to mixed messages from Washington and decide that they don’t need to wear a mask,” Gelber told Neil Cavuto of Fox News in an interview on “Cavuto Live” on Saturday.
In Broward County, 1,346 new cases have been recorded, said the Florida Department of Health, bringing the county total to 19,575.
The total of the states has exceeded 11,000 cases, bringing the number of records in Florida to 190,052. Hospitalizations increased by 585 people and health officials said that 14% of Floridians had been infected with COVID-19. The current national rate of positive tests is 7.5%, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In addition, 18 more people died in Florida, while the death toll reached 3,702 people.
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“We have a very serious health problem,” said Gelber. “We have over 1,400 people in our hospitals right now. Our intensive care is increasing. Our people on the vents are increasing. We cannot just ignore this. ”
The rapid increase in new cases broke new records for the Sunshine State on Thursday, as authorities noted a higher number of confirmed cases six times higher than last month’s daily record.
Gelber received a backlash from residents as he tightened restrictions in his town, halting progressive reopenings and applying a curfew in an attempt to reduce the spike in new cases. In addition, restaurateurs have been ordered to wear a mask throughout their meals, only removing it for eating and drinking.
Gelber said the measures were necessary and responded to claims that the restrictions constituted a violation of fundamental rights.
“There is nothing more American than to sacrifice for your loved one, for a neighbor or for a stranger. And it is time for people to follow these guidelines. Wear a mask. It is not a political statement, “he said.
While Florida struggled over the weekend of July 4, other states in the country did the same.
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This week, Alabama also set a record of infections reported in one day, with more than 1,700 new confirmed cases recorded on Thursday, and state health officials feared the weekend vacation might lead to rush type that followed Memorial Day weekend.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.