The 257 deaths reported on Friday were the highest one-day number Florida has reported during the pandemic – and four more deaths than Thursday, according to data from the Florida Department of Health.
One-day records for the state were also set on Wednesday (216) and Tuesday (186).
Florida, along with states like Texas, Arizona and California, saw the number of its daily new infections skyrocket from mid-June to July.
The daily number of new cases has recently declined in these four states. Florida’s still rising daily death toll is what health experts said they expect: spikes in deaths will occur two to four weeks after spikes in cases.
Florida reported 9,007 new cases on Friday, bringing the state’s total to more than 470,300 – the country’s second-highest official total in the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.