Florida Surpasses 100,00 COVID-19 Cases

On Monday, Florida reached another COVID-19 milestone, becoming the seventh state in America to surpass 100,000 confirmed cases.

The Florida Department of Public Health confirmed 2,926 new cases on Monday, to bring the states total to 100,217.

Cases have skyrocketed in Florida in the past week after many businesses reopened. Monday’s total was the lowest daily rate of new cases in six days after topping out at 4,049 on Saturday.

Florida is now the seventh state to pass six digits, following New York, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas and Massachusetts.

As the outbreak spread, Florida reached 50,000 cases within nine weeks, then another four weeks and one day to hit 100,000, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Over 3,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida.

The percent positivity for new cases also peaked at 12.27% last week (on Saturday) in comparison to a 6.17% peak in the previous week.

A look at the percent of COVID-19 cases that have come back positive in Florida in recent days.
The percent of positive COVID-19 cases in Florida. (Florida Department of Health)

Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaking at Florida International University last week, said that younger people are testing positive for the virus and showing less severe symptoms.

“I think the folks that are going into the hospital now, fortunately, are skewing younger with less acuity,” DeSantis said, noting that the median age of people diagnosed with the virus in the state has dropped to 37. “And obviously we want to keep as many people out [of the hospital] as we can.”

As concerns grow about the reopening of businesses amid the spike, DeSantis has reiterated that Florida will not reverse its reopening.

In the meantime, several cities in Miami-Dade County, including Miami and Miami Beach, have announced that masks are now required in public. Those cities also include Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Aventura, Doral, Key Biscayne, Biscayne Park, Pinecrest, North Miami Beach, West Miami, Miami Shores and El Portal.

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