The Florida Department of Health on Friday confirmed 9,007 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 470,386. There were also 257 Florida resident deaths announced, breaking a record of deaths for the fourth straight day.
The death toll of residents in the state is now 6,843.
The 257 deaths mark the highest number of Florida-resident deaths on a day announced by the Florida Department of Health since the pandemic began, but it doesn’t necessarily mean every person has died in the last 24 hours.
In Florida, deaths announced on a given day may be from several days in advance because state information does not include the exact date of death. Previously, the highest number of one-day deaths resident in Florida was reported on Thursday, with 253 deaths.
It is unclear whether there have been any new non-resident deaths announced. On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health also deleted one non-resident death from its count, leaving the non-resident death at 123. The health department did not respond to the Miami Herald’s inquiry into why the death toll has been adjusted.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Florida
▪ Miami-Dade County reported an additional 2,546 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 96 new deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health. The county now has 118,462 confirmed cases and 1,611 deaths.
▪ Broward County reported an additional 1,099 confirmed cases of the disease and 33 new deaths. The county now has 55,411 known cases and 709 deaths.
▪ Palm Beach County saw 578 additional cases confirmed and nine new deaths. The county now has 33,274 confirmed cases and 815 deaths.
▪ Monroe County reported an additional 70 cases of the disease and two new deaths, according to the health department. The Florida Keys now have 1,300 confirmed cases and eight deaths.
The state-backed COVID-19 testing and walk-up COVID-19 closed Thursday at 5 p.m. and remains closed through Tuesday due to Hurricane Isaias threat. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the county-run sites will also move to closure.
The sites are expected to reopen by 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Florida Department of Health.
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