Florida coronavirus map Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez will sign an order requiring people to wear a face mask in public at all times. Broward County implemented a similar order.
Graphic via Desiree Tapia for The Americano

On Thursday, Florida saw 10,109 new confirmed cases, setting a new record for the highest single-day total.

FLORIDA — Florida’s Department of Health (DOH) reported 10,109 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. This surpasses Saturday’s highest single-day total of 9,585 cases. The state now has 169,106 confirmed cases of the illness. Residents of the state account for 166,303 of the total known cases, while non-residents account for 2,083. There were 67 new fatalities, raising the state death toll to 3,617.

Although less than half of the new cases were in South Florida, the region remains the epicenter for the pandemic, with more than half of the new deaths.

According to the latest update from the Florida Department of Health, the breakdown of cases by county is as follows:

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Miami-Dade County saw 2,304 new confirmed cases and 18 new deaths. The county now has 40,265 cases and 1,018 deaths, the highest in Florida.

Broward County had 961 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. This brings the county total to 17,116. The county also saw nine new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 394.

Palm Beach County reported 412 additional confirmed cases and 11 new deaths. The county now has 14,859 confirmed cases of the illness and 523 deaths.

Monroe County reported 26 additional cases of COVID-19 and one new death. The Florida Keys now have 296 confirmed cases and five deaths.

Surging Numbers

Harvard Global Health Institute’s (HGHI) new risk-assessment map, which provides a quick overview of where COVID-19 is surging right now in the country, shows a majority of Central Florida’s largest populated counties all in red. 

And according to Our World in Data, a scientific online publication that focuses on large global-based at Oxford University, Florida, Arizona, and Nevada are surging in new coronavirus cases faster than any other country in the world, with Arizona with 481 cases per capita, Florida with 446, and Nevada with 357.

At this time, Florida has the second-highest number of cases per 100,000 people in the country. According to the study, the Sunshine State is at a tipping point, and residents should be under stay at home orders.

DeSantis Not Going Back on Reopening

But despite these numbers, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that Florida is “not going back” on reopening. 

On Wednesday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez announced he will sign an order requiring people to wear a face mask in public at all times. Broward County implemented a similar order that same day.

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Exclusions apply only to people with respiratory conditions, people doing strenuous activities, and children under the age of 2, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

About the Numbers

The numbers of new cases and fatalities across the state may be undercounted, as the DOH may take up to two weeks to report the number of positive results from private labs. Similarly, in the past, the number of fatalities issued by the Medical Examiner’s Office has consistently been 10% higher than reported.

Rebekah Jones, the Florida government data scientist who was fired from the DOH, where she created and managed the state’s coronavirus dashboard, has created her own COVID-19 board, a parallel site that she claims reveals the numbers that the state has not been reporting.