Coronavirus cases in Florida reached 897,323 on Tuesday after reporting 7,459 new positives and 85 additional deaths of residents in the state, the Health Department reported.
In Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the number of infections has already passed 300,000.
In total, the results of 94,738 tests were reported with a positivity rate of 8.64 percent, the second highest in the last two weeks.
In the last week, 45,149 new cases have been reported: 7,459 on Tuesday, 4,663 on Monday, 10,105 cases on Sunday, 4,544 on Saturday, 6,933 on Friday, 5,607 on Thursday and 5,838 on Wednesday. The average number of positives to COVID-19 in the last week is 6,449 per day.
Miami-Dade has so far had 205,536 cases and Broward 96,700. The two counties have the highest number of infected people in the state, where 17,644 residents have already died from COVID-19. Another 217 non-state residents have died in Florida, for a grand total of 17,861.
Cases are rising as news is known that a new vaccine with greater than 94% effectiveness is available soon
In Miami-Dade, 3,723 people have died from COVID-19 and in Broward 1,598.
Additionally, Palm Beach County has had 59,154 positive cases, while Monroe accumulates 2,854. A total of 52,329 people have been hospitalized in the state during this outbreak, which is not to say that all are hospitalized at this time.
In the center of the state, Hillsborough County has 53,432 cases and Orange has 52,298 confirmed COVID-19 cases. In the Southwest, Lee County has 26,702 positives and Collier County 16,117.
Florida continues to be the third state in the country most affected by SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, after California and Texas. In just one week, the US registered one million infections of COVID-19 and remains the country most affected by the pandemic.
President Donald Trump said the United States government would not deliver a coronavirus vaccine to New York if one was available.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo “will have to let us know when he’s ready because otherwise we can’t deliver (the vaccine) to a state that won’t deliver it to its people right away,” Trump said during a conference on press at the White House.
Miami Mayor Francis Suaárez insists on maintaining restrictions that, he said, contrast with the governor’s opinion.
Although the main concern is that hospitals will collapse, specialists insist that they are better prepared for this new stage and that treatments such as convalescent plasma or remdesivir in seriously ill patients are giving results.
Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease specialist at Florida International University believes that “this is going to grow to a very dramatic extent that is already being seen in other parts of the United States.
The 10,000 positive cases reported in Florida this Sunday are accompanied by an unprecedented number of tests in the state: more than 146,000 tests reported in a single day.