FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported 10,105 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, pushing the pandemic total to 885,201.
The state also tallied another 30 deaths over the past 24 hours.
Altogether, 17,734 people have died from the coronavirus since the pandemic began, including 216 nonresidents.
Most of the deaths happened in recent weeks but were just confirmed in the past day.
With cases on the rise across the nation, the country’s leading infectious disease expert warned the U.S. will need to apply public health policy “uniformly” to curb the spread of the virus.
“We can’t abandon fundamental public health measures,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday morning’s “State of the Union.”
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stressed that it’s no time to ease up on mask wearing and social distancing during the upcoming holiday season.
Even with a vaccine, Fauci said it might not be until the second or third quarter of 2021 that Americans can expect to “start approaching a degree of normality.”
The number of patients hospitalized for the disease continues to climb. The spike indicates South Florida is likely experiencing the same surge that’s happening across the nation.
The U.S. had a record daily high of more than 184,000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Since the pandemic began, 51,900 residents have been hospitalized for the disease in Florida.
Statewide, 3,128 patients were hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms as of 9:46 a.m. Sunday, according to the Florida Agency on Healthcare Administration.
In Broward County, 294 patients were in the hospital on Sunday being treated for the virus. Two weeks ago, that number was at 238. In Miami-Dade County, 425 patients were hospitalized, compared to 316 on Nov. 1. And in Palm Beach County, 222 patients were in the hospital. Two weeks ago, it was 147.
The number of new cases and deaths reported daily by the state Department of Health also has been climbing over the past few weeks. Florida reported 6,820 new cases last Sunday, the highest daily total since August.
But cases hit their peak in the Sunshine State over the summer. Florida set a bleak record on July 12, when it reported 15,300 new coronavirus cases.
Testing and positivity rates
Public health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is under 5%. Florida exceeds 5% by both of its measures of assessing the rate for testing of residents.
In the first calculation, the state reported a daily positivity rate of 7.57%, down from 9.90% the day before. This method of calculating positivity counts new infections only, but also counts repeat negative tests, which skews the figure downward.
In the second calculation, which includes retests of people who were previously diagnosed, the statewide daily positivity rate is 9.21%, based on the latest results for 132,645 residents. That’s down from 11.40% the previous day.
Broward County: Test results for 17,949 residents produced a daily positivity rate of 8.03% for people with new infections only. That’s down from 8.68% the previous day.
Palm Beach County: Test results for 10,484 residents produced a daily positivity rate of 6.97% for people with new infections only, down from 10.09% the previous day.
Miami Dade County: Test results for 26,916 residents produced a daily positivity rate of 8.66% for people with new infections only. That’s down from 9.53% the previous day.
COVID-19 infections among children under age 18 are rising by hundreds of cases each day in Florida. Sunday’s data show 77,257 cases statewide, an increase of 1,083 from the previous day.
Records show 647,691 kids have been swabbed since the beginning of the pandemic. And 11.9% of them have tested positive.
Overall, the statistics show 16,259 cases among children in Miami-Dade County, the most in the state, followed by 10,212 cases in Broward. There have been 4,695 confirmed infections among kids in Palm Beach County.
The statewide report also shows 886 children have been treated in hospitals for COVID-19 illness since March. Nine have died. The death total has been the same since Sept. 26.
As of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 3,118 people were hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. That’s a decline of 33 patients in the past 24 hours.
In South Florida, Broward County reported 284 patients, down by 16 from the previous day; Palm Beach County had 221, down by six; and Miami-Dade had the most in the state with 437, down by three.
The online report from the state Agency for Health Care Administration updates frequently throughout the day. Hospitalizations hit a peak in late July of about 9,500 patients.
Since the pandemic began, 51,900 residents have been hospitalized for the disease.
Statewide: The state’s pandemic data report shows a total of 17,518 Floridians have died from COVID-19. In addition, 216 nonresidents have died after contracting the virus. Most of the fatalities reported Sunday happened over several weeks but were just confirmed in the past day.
Florida has the fourth-highest total of COVID-19 deaths among the states, behind New York, Texas and California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Florida’s death rate since the pandemic began ranks 13th among states, at 82 deaths per 100,000 people, the CDC reports. That’s higher than the national rate of 73 deaths per 100,000.
Long-term-care facilities: At least 7,002 residents and staff have died at nursing homes and assisted-living centers throughout Florida. That’s another nine deaths in the past day, state data show.
Miami-Dade County has reported the highest number of deaths at long-term-care facilities, with 856, one more than on Saturday. Palm Beach County is second with 733, unchanged from the previous day. Broward has reported 459 deaths, two more than the previous day.
National and global view
U.S.: More than 10.9 million people in the country have been infected with the novel coronavirus and 245,942 have died as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 dashboard.
World: More than 54.2 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1.3 million people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins says. The U.S. has had the most COVID-19 cases and deaths of any country. The U.S. has 4.3% of the world’s population, but 20.23% of the world’s cases and 18.7% of the world’s deaths.
Other countries with high COVID-19 death tolls include Brazil with 165,658, India with 129,635, Mexico with 98,259 and the United Kingdom with 52,026.
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