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Graphic via Desirée Tapia for The Americano

As 257 new fatalities are announced on Friday, Florida breaks a death record for the fourth consecutive day.  

On Friday, Florida’s Department of Health (DOH) announced 9,007 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, raising the state total to 470,386. This marks the sixth straight day with less than 10,000 positive COVID cases.

Residents now account for 465,030 cases, while non-residents of the state account for 5,356 cases of the illness. 

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

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Breaking a death record for the fourth consecutive day, 257 fatalities were also reported. Before that, the highest single-day resident death toll was announced on Thursday, which saw 253 fatalities.

This brings the total state death toll to 6,843. 

According to the Orlando Sentinel, some researchers say Florida’s death toll could double by Labor Day unless people practice social distancing and use facial coverings.

South Florida’s Hot Zone

Miami-Dade County saw 2,546 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the county total to 118,462 confirmed cases. The DOH also reported 96 new deaths, raising the death toll to 1,611.

Broward County announced 1,099 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 55,411 known cases. Thirty-three new deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 709.

Palm Beach County reported 578 additional confirmed cases. The county now has 33,274 confirmed cases of the illness and 9  new deaths, raising the death toll to 815.

Mapping out the 470,386 confirmed cases as of July 31

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Monroe County saw 70 additional cases of the novel coronavirus. The Florida Keys now have 1,300 confirmed cases. Two new deaths were reported, bringing the total to eight fatalities. 

The numbers of new cases and fatalities across the state may be undercounted, as the DOH can 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 Florida’s DOH, where she created and managed the state’s coronavirus dashboard, has created her own COVID-19 board, a parallel site that she claims will reveal the numbers that the state has not been reporting.

State Supported Testing Sites Closed Through Tuesday

According to the Miami Herald, all state-supported drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing closed at 5 p.m. Thursday and will remain closed through Tuesday because of the threat of Hurricane Isaías. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez said county-run sites would also abide by the closing.