MIAMI – It took three months from early March to June 22 for Florida to pass 100,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
It has taken the state less than two weeks to go from 100,000 to 200,000 cases – and the rate of positive tests continues to increase.
The 10,059 new confirmed cases of coronavirus from the Florida Department of Health’s Sunday update, the third highest day, behind Saturday and Thursday, slashed the state’s pandemic case count to 200,111.
While there has been an increase in testing over the past week, there has also been a massive jump in the positive test rate. The average daily positive test rate from July 21 to June 27 was 9.94%. The average for the next seven days: 14.47%.
Another 29 deaths were reported in the state on Sunday, bringing the total to 3,832.
While Broward County reset its day high for the second day in a row, South Florida accounted for 46.3% of new cases, but just under a third of new deaths.
Throughout the pandemic, the number of daily case reports on Sunday tended to be lower than the previous five days as fewer people worked in the labs and entered data on weekends. Thus, Sunday reflects Saturday’s decrease in treatment tests and outcome reports.
Monday tends to reflect a similar decline on Sunday, but also a normal amount of data entry that occurs early Monday.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ office confirmed to the Miami Herald on Tuesday that the state will begin reporting current hospitalization figures for all counties this week.
The change comes after a spate of cases in recent weeks with public health experts and the COVID Tracking Project, a group of volunteers who have become the most prolific coronavirus data collector in the country, pressuring the state to that he begins to report ongoing hospitalizations. This measure, they say, is a clearer way to assess the severity of the pandemic.
Although the state has not started reporting current hospitalization figures, Miami-Dade has been, and the number has increased by 20 consecutive days, from less than 600 to 1,466 during this period.
Miami-Dade hospitalizations for COVID-19 complications on Saturday affected a total of 1,466 patients, according to data from the Miami County “New Normal” dashboard. According to data from Saturday, 174 people were released and 156 people were admitted.
On Friday, for the first time, the availability of Miami-Dade intensive care units entered Red Flag territory in the county’s daily coronavirus report. COVID-19 patients occupy more than 70% of the available intensive care beds.
Tests in Florida have grown steadily since the COVID-19 crisis began.
Tests, like hospital admissions, help authorities determine the progression of the virus and play a role in deciding whether to lift home orders and to lift restrictions.
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The recommended number of daily tests needed varies from expert to expert, but the dean of the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida told Governor DeSantis that Florida needs to test approximately 33,000 people a day.
The Florida Department of Health reported on Sunday that an additional 53,768 people had been tested.
To date, 2,202,095 people have been tested in Florida. Of the total tests, 200,111 (approximately 9.1%) were found to be positive.