Florida Breaks Another COVID-19 Single-Day Death Record

CNW Reporter

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) arrive with a patient while a funeral car begins to depart at North Shore Medical Center where the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients are treated, in Miami, Florida, July 14, 2020. Maria Alejandra Cardona | Reuters

On Tuesday, August 11, Florida again broke its COVID-19 single-day death record, reporting 276 new resident deaths and erasing the previous record of 257 on July 31.

The Florida Department of Health noted that all those deaths may not have occurred over a 24-hour period, due to data backlogs.

The state also announced 5,831 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday to bring the total number of confirmed cases to 542,792 confirmed cases and 8,553 resident deaths. At least 132 non-residents have also died from COVID-19 in Florida, the state’s dashboard says.

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 1,507 to 135,130. The county has 1,909 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest total in the state.

Broward’s cases increased by 707 to 63,605. The county’s death toll is now at 856 and Palm Beach County’s cases increased by 344 to 37,641, with the death toll now at 940.

The new deaths announced Tuesday include 35 in Miami-Dade County, 35 in Broward, and four in Palm Beach County.

Last week, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation released predictions that show Florida’s death toll doubling by the middle of October and surpass 19,000 by Dec. 1.

As South Florida’s children prepare to go back to school later this month, health officials are on guard, to see if the state’s cases will begin trending upward once again.

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