Florida, Arizona, Nevada set records for new coronavirus cases

Ruben Fields
June 28, 2020

This time, the state saw 9,585 new COVID-19 cases, according to new numbers from the Florida Department of Health (DOH).

With Friday's tally, Florida now has reported almost 123,000 coronavirus case, with more than 32,000 of them confirmed in just the last seven days.

There were 39 new coronavirus-related deaths reported Friday morning across the state.

Total hospitalizations in Florida rose 1.5%, to 13,987. Data over the next couple of weeks will reveal whether this increase in number of cases results in any significant increase in deaths, or whether it will confirm that the virus is less deadly than some believe.

The new numbers come after the USA, on Friday, recorded its largest daily case count of the pandemic, while Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said the government's current strategy for finding and isolating infected people was "not working", partly due to significant asymptomatic spread.

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Florida, run by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, has been one of the states with more relaxed coronavirus restrictions while other states were implementing severe lockdowns.

Florida, Arizona and Nevada have all recorded daily highs for new coronavirus infections, highlighting the worsening spread of the outbreak in several southern and western states, which has prompting some local governments to roll back reopening plans.

The current surge of new cases is expected to result in a spike in hospitalizations and deaths, though the state has routinely obscured hospitalization numbers since the beginning of the pandemic.

The total number of cases in Palm Beach County has now reached 12,928, and 204 cases have been reported in Monroe County.

"Most of us feel that the number of deaths are likely higher than that number", Anthony S. Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, said in testimony before senators in mid-May, when the death toll was in the 80,000 range. The state also provides a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county, which is available here.

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