Florida Breaks Daily Record With 15,000 New Coronavirus Cases
On Sunday, Florida reported 15,299 confirmed coronavirus cases breaking the single-day record of any US state so far, according to CNBC.
Florida's total case count is now 269, 811, a number higher than Spain, Italy, and France. Hospitalizations in the state total more than 18,000 since the pandemic began. The statewide death toll is now 4,346. On Saturday, 143,000 people were tested in Florida with 11.25 percent of the tests coming back positive for coronavirus. Admiral Brett Giroir, leader of the Trump administration's testing effort, stated that “we do expect deaths to go up. If you have more cases, more hospitalizations, we do expect to see that over the next two or three weeks before this turns around.”
“We’re not out of this at all, we’re all very concerned,” he said, “but we have seen this week a leveling of what we call the percent positive. That’s our sort of first indicator, if that levels we’re going to see emergency rooms drop, hospitalizations drop.“
Giroir continued stating that the virus could be curbed if measures by state and local governments are implemented. He believes that reversing the current trend requires 90 percent of people in hotspots to wear masks. Furthermore, bars need to close and restaurants need to reduce capacity.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently suspended on-premise alcohol consumption at bars but has not issued a statewide mask mandate. Florida is set to host the Republican National Convention next month in Jacksonville. Disney theme parks also started reopening this past week with new safety measures and altered operations implemented.
Arizona, California, and Texas are other current virus hotspots.