Florida reports 8,942 new cases, shattering record yet again

Florida reports 8,942 new cases, shattering record yet again

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As of 11 a.m., Saturday, the Florida Department of Health has reported 132,545 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 9,585 from Friday's update. It was the seventh time in the past eight days the county has seen new cases soar into triple digits. Both numbers were higher than the previous day's announced findings, when 5,508 cases came back positive, representing a rate of 8.72 percent of all cases tested on that day. That's a 47 percent increase since June 17.

According to a Sun Sentinel article, Gov. Ron DeSantis said "it's a continuation of a trend of more infections among people under age 35, those who are unlikely to wind up with serious health issues".

Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation told bars to immediately stop serving alcohol on their premises.

Martin County shows how the virus is spreading in parts of the state that had escaped widespread infection.

Young adults between 20-24 years old comprise more than 15 percent of all Florida cases, with a slight growth in cases of older twenty-somethings.

The total number of cases in Palm Beach County has now reached 12,928, and 204 cases have been reported in Monroe County. The county's known total is now at 31,562. The statewide increase was 7.8 percent.

The current surge of new cases is expected to result in a spike in hospitalizations and deaths, though the state has routinely obscured hospitalization numbers since the beginning of the pandemic. An additional 39 were reported statewide on Friday, including three in Polk. While the death toll has fallen somewhat from the 50 to 60 deaths per day recorded in April, it has not fallen anywhere near as much as many assume, with the seven-day average remaining between 30 and 40 in June, and rising again in the past week. Polk's deaths are at 87.

Florida's big increase in new COVID-19 cases comes amid a nationwide spike in cases.

It is slightly behind Texas, which has notched roughly 137,000 cases.

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