Florida Adds Over 5,500 New Covid Cases Friday, Passes 800,000 Total

More than 70 more virus-related deaths confirmed in the state

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Florida added more than 5,500 new COVID-19 cases Friday, as the state's total caseload dating back to March surpassed 800,000.

The 5,592 new COVID-19 cases brought Florida's total to 800,216, according to the daily report from the state's department of health. The one-day increase was the largest since August 15 and reflects both more testing and more positivity among those who received test results Thursday.

With 72 more virus-related deaths among Florida residents, the total rose to 16,720 Friday. Another 207 non-resident deaths have been confirmed in the state to-date. Most of the newly confirmed deaths occurred days or weeks earlier.

The positivity rate for new cases in the state was 5.89% in Friday's report, more than a point over Thursday's reported rate of 4.87%. The rate put the seven-day average back over 5% for the first time in a week.

The positivity rate for all cases in Friday's report was up to 7.22%, after two straight days below 7%.

Overall, more than 100,000 residents’ test results were received Thursday, the largest batch of tests in six days.

In South Florida, Miami-Dade had 185,552 cases Friday, an increase of about 880 since Thursday, along with 3,643 COVID-related deaths, an increase of nine since Thursday.

Miami-Dade positivity has surpassed 5% for five straight days for the first time since before Labor Day, but its seven-day rate is only 4.5%, due to an usually large number of negative tests reported one week ago.

In Broward County, there were 86,091 COVID-19 cases reported, a daily increase of about 640, along with 1,522 virus-related deaths, the same figure in Tuesday's report.

Broward County continues to see an increase in positivity, with its seven-day rate surpassing 5% for the first time in two months.

Palm Beach County had 52,184 cases and 1,586 virus-related deaths Friday, while Monroe County had 2,290 cases and 25 deaths.

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