Florida coronavirus cases reached 414,511 on Saturday after 12,199 new positives and 124 additional deaths of residents in the state were reported, the Health Department reported.
In total, the results of 120,688 tests were reported with a positivity rate of 11.43 percent, above the target of 10 percent.
In the last week, 76,942 new cases have been reported: 12,199 on Saturday, 12,444 on Friday, 10,249 on Thursday, 9,785 on Wednesday, 9,440 on Tuesday, 10,347 on Monday and 12,478 on Sunday. The average number of positives for the COVID-19 in the last week is 10,991 per day.
Miami-Dade now has 101,854 cases and Broward 48,187. The two counties have the highest number of infected people in the state, where 5,777 residents have already died from COVID-19. Another 117 nonresidents in the state have died in Florida, bringing the total deaths to 5,894.
Additionally, Palm Beach County has 29,707 positive cases and Monroe 1,114. A total of 23,730 people have been hospitalized in the state during this outbreak, which does not mean that all are hospitalized at this time.
In the center of the state, Hillsborough County records 26,626 cases and Orange has 26,559 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In the southwest, Lee County registers 14,292 positives and Collier County 8,725.
Hospitals maintain capacity
Health centers continue to work without brake to avoid collapse, after 51 new admissions occurred and today there are 9,581 hospitalized by the virus.
Currently, 84.3% of the beds in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) throughout the state are occupied, making a total of 974 free beds available.
According to the latest data from the Florida Department of Health, a 9-year-old girl died of the virus. It is the fifth child fatality of the coronavirus in the state.
This death increases controversy over the face-to-face reopening of schools in Florida, although Governor Ron DeSantis reiterates that parents should have both options and decide which one they think is most appropriate.
“I think we should give every Florida parent the ability to send their child back to school for in-person instruction, or to choose to maintain distance learning. We support them and we want them to feel safe,” she posted in Twitter DeSantis.
Researchers reported on the different cases and their symptoms.
Unemployment in the state
The increase in unemployment is another of the effects of COVID-19 that most worries Florida. Last week 105,410 Floridians applied for unemployment benefits, which means about 27,000 fewer people than the previous week.
In the last four months 1.7 million Floridians, out of a total of 21.8 million, have benefited from the funds of the economic stimulus package of the law called CARES, which provides $ 600 a week to those unemployed by the pandemic .
However, the Coronavirus Economic Aid, Relief and Security Act (CARES) will expire this Saturday.
The Senate plans to negotiate this week the details of a new aid package called the Heroes Act, which has already been approved by the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, the Miami city hall announced more funds to mitigate the looming housing crisis as a result of the impact of COVID-19 and the lack of employment.
In total, $ 1.3 million from state funds will go to assist residents who are unable to pay their mortgage or rent due to the pandemic.