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  • Florida reported 257 new fatalities associated with COVID-19 infections on Friday.
  • Hurricane Isaias precautions temporarily shut state-run testing centers.

The Florida Department of Health confirmed an additional 9,007 cases of coronavirus reported on Friday, as well as 257 fatalities from coronavirus complications, shattering the state’s death toll record for the fourth consecutive day, The Miami Herald reports.

This brings the statewide death count to 6,843, state health statistics confirm. In addition to this figure, 465,030 Floridians total have tested positive for the virus.

Florida is now the state with the seventh largest death toll resulting from COVID-19 infections, with 257 fatalities on Friday being the highest single-day count the state recorded since the pandemic. Per Johns Hopkins data, the Sunshine State follows New York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Illinois and Pennsylvania as the states with the highest coronavirus fatalities. 

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Data collected on Friday could be a compilation of data received by the state several days earlier, The Herald notes, since the information does not include an exact date of death. 

While case data is not adjusted by population, counties in South Florida appear particularly afflicted by high rates of COVID-19 transmission, with Miami-Dade County reporting another 2,546 new cases along with 96 newly reported fatalities. Neighboring Broward and Palm Beach Counties also report high numbers of cases.

Florida has been working to contain the spread of the virus over the past few weeks, resulting in Governor Ron DeSantis’s (R) approval rating falling. DeSantis was one of the last governors to implement public health measures and restrictions surrounding nonessential businesses, and he vehemently supports the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 academic year.   

The state’s problems may be compounded with the arrival of Hurricane Isaias this weekend, forcing multiple state-run COVID-19 testing sites to shut down. 

Published on Jul 31, 2020