Florida Experiences Largest One-Day Spike In Coronavirus Deaths

MIAMI, FL — Florida reported its largest one-day spike of new coronavirus-related deaths Thursday amid a new surge of 8,935 more cases of the virus as a second 11-year-old child reportedly died from the illness in South Florida.

WPLG-TV identified the child as Yansi Ayala of Fort Lauderdale, who reportedly died Wednesday at Broward Health Medical Center. Last week an 11-year-old boy became the youngest person in Florida to die from the illness in nearby Miami-Dade County.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is working with Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar to obtain an expedited shipment of remdesivir, an experimental antiviral medicine developed by Gilead Sciences, that has been in short supply throughout the state.

“The next shipment was scheduled sometime next week but we think we need to get it here as soon as possible,” DeSantis acknowledged. “That’s a big priority for our hospitals, and it’s a big priority for our administration.”

Speaking in Jacksonville, DeSantis said the state has sent 100 contract medical personnel, mostly of whom are nurses to the Jackson Health System and another 100 nurses to the Tampa Bay area with more planned.

“We’re going to bring in many more hundred to be able to help,” DeSantis said, referring to hospitals in hard hit areas of the state. He said Health and Human Services officials also opened three new test sites in the Jacksonville area Wednesday. Those three test sites collectively processed 3,400 tests on the first day in addition to the tests performed at other sites.

The governor said 57,000 test results among nursing home staff members within the state had a positive test of only about 2.3 percent, which is much lower than state averages.

“Statewide we’re looking at positivity of 10, 15 — even down in South Florida 20 percent,” the governor said. “Perhaps they are protecting themselves and they understand because of their work.”

Restaurants in Miami-Dade County closed their indoor dining rooms Thursday while banquet halls and some other businesses were forced to shut down to stem the spread of the illness in Florida’s hardest hit county.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Thursday his county was adding another 250 contact tracers, including 50 investigators, to the 300 contact tracers already working in the county, which includes the cities of Miami and Miami Beach.

Miami’s ABC affiliate WPLG-TV reported that nine staffers tested positive, including at least three on-air personalities. Among them were evening anchor Nicole Perez and her husband, Roy Ramos, a reporter at the station. Perez fought back tears as she tried to find the words to describe the concern she was feeling for her husband.

Florida had a 9.9 percent positive test rate for the virus Thursday as the number of tests administered in the state reached 2,359,636. The percentage of positive cases has been increasing for more than three weeks and the cases have been trending younger.

Florida’s record for the most one-day cases was set on the Fourth of July with a one-day spike of 11,458 cases.

The state’s total positive cases rose to 232,718 from 223,783 over the previous 24-hour period. Many of the new positive cases in the state are of people between the ages of 33 to 37.

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The total number of deaths from the new coronavirus surpassed 4,000 among Floridians with a new total of 4,009, up from 3,889 a day earlier. State officials reported another 102 deaths in Florida involving non-Florida residents.

Twenty-three Florida counties reported 119 deaths Thursday. Florida health officials reported one additional death which Patch was unable to match to a county.

The daily total compares to 49 new deaths reported Wednesday, 63 new deaths Tuesday, 61 new deaths Monday, 28 new deaths Sunday, 18 new deaths Saturday, 64 new deaths Friday and 65 new deaths Thursday.

Miami-Dade County reported 24 new deaths. Broward County reported eight new deaths. Palm Beach County reported nine new deaths.

Hillsborough County reported 19 new deaths. Pinellas County reported 12 new deaths. Brevard County and Orange County each reported six new deaths.

Lee County, Polk County and Volusia County each reported five new deaths. Duval County reported four new deaths. Manatee County reported three new deaths.

Martin County reported two new deaths as did Sarasota County. Calhoun County reported one new death as did Escambia County, Indian River County, Lake County, Okaloosa County, Osceola County, Pasco County, Putnam County and Seminole County.

Health officials reported 17,167 hospitalizations up from 16,758 hospitalizations over the previous 24-hour period. That represents an increase of 409 new hospitalizations, which is also among the highest one-day increases.

Miami-Dade reported 55,961 cases of the virus Thursday. Nearby Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, reported 25,102 cases. Palm Beach County, which includes Palm Beach and West Palm, reported 18,656 cases.

Those three counties account for 99,719 cases, or some 43 percent of the state’s total.

Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, reported 16,666 cases. Orange County, which includes Orlando, reported 15,595 cases.

In an effort to provide as much information to our readers as possible, Patch is publishing the following county-by-county breakdown of the coronavirus cases in Florida’s 67 counties, along with the median age of patients, the number of hospital cases by county and the number of deaths.

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Patch updates this chart once each day based on data provided by the Florida Department of Health. The counties that reported new deaths on Thursday are shown in bold.

Here is the most recent data:

County

Total Cases (includes nonresidents)

Median Age (as of 7.1)

Number of Hospital Cases (Florida residents)

Deaths By County (Florida residents)

1. Alachua County

1,871

29

98

12

2. Baker County

127

46

20

4

3. Bay County

940

40

44

5

4. Bradford County

113

50

14

2

5. Brevard County

2,985

36

160

26

6. Broward County

25,102

42

2,395

427

7. Calhoun County

122

77

12

7

8. Charlotte County

1,004

60

159

77

9. Citrus County

469

53

52

13

10. Clay County

1,254

50

113

34

11. Collier County

5,577

38

392

85

12. Columbia County

421

40

48

4

13. Miami-Dade

55,961

45

4,274

1,068

14. Desoto County

799

34

76

10

15. Dixie County

95

48

13

4

16. Duval County

11,028

34

393

74

17. Escambia County

3,332

38

155

52

18. Flagler County

434

52

39

5

19. Franklin County

24

65

0

20. Gadsden County

495

43

73

7

21. Gilchrist County

129

38

1

22. Glades County

189

36

19

1

23. Gulf County

66

49

4

24. Hamilton County

409

38

15

2

25. Hardee County

548

34

49

3

26. Hendry County

1,135

37

98

27

27. Hernando County

708

39

60

6

28. Highlands County

473

48

80

12

29. Hillsborough County

16,666

34

761

182

30. Holmes County

212

38

7

31. Indian River County

1,045

39

73

18

32. Jackson County

517

40

50

2

33. Jefferson County

72

52

10

4

34. Lafayette County

49

41

4

35. Lake County

2,181

41

144

26

36. Lee County

8,340

42

684

176

37. Leon County

2,047

25

62

8

38. Levy County

235

35

20

1

39. Liberty County

257

41

2

1

40. Madison County

283

42

11

4

41. Manatee County

4,266

40

330

138

42. Marion County

1,162

39

130

12

43. Martin County

2,545

37

215

36

44. Monroe County

445

48

28

6

45. Nassau County

405

40

27

2

46. Okaloosa County

1,015

40

69

10

47. Okeechobee County

459

34

46

48. Orange County

15,595

33

527

69

49. Osceola County

3,466

37

211

31

50. Palm Beach County

18,656

42

1,970

578

51. Pasco County

3,330

38

220

27

52. Pinellas County

9,826

38

833

221

53. Polk County

6,206

40

539

127

54. Putnam County

619

38

46

7

55. Santa Rosa County

1,033

34

61

10

56. Sarasota County

2,431

45

232

100

57. Seminole County

3,806

33

198

21

58. St. Johns County

1,632

40

88

9

59. St. Lucie County

2,483

43

214

59

60. Sumter County

549

63

75

18

61. Suwannee County

686

41

67

21

62. Taylor County

116

32

8

1

63. Union County

101

56

10

2

64. Volusia County

3,234

43

277

67

65. Wakulla County

102

38

8

1

66. Walton County

434

43

31

9

67. Washington County

140

58

23

13

68. Unknown counties

262

33

0

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