What to Know
- Florida confirmed 707 new coronavirus cases Wednesday
- Another 60 deaths related to the virus were reported in the state
- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' task force for reopening the state held more meetings Wednesday
Florida surpassed 28,500 coronavirus cases Wednesday as the state's virus-related death toll increased to 927.
With 707 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, the state's total reached 28,576, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Miami-Dade County led the state with 10,289 confirmed cases, followed by Broward with 4,254. Palm Beach County had 2,413 cases while Monroe had no new cases Wednesday and remained at 73.
The city of Miami continued to far outpace the state in new cases, with 6,227. Hialeah had 1,303 cases, followed by Hollywood with 1,135.
Multiple new deaths related to the virus were reported in Miami-Dade and Broward. Miami-Dade's death toll increased to 240, and Broward's increased to 141. Reported deaths in Palm Beach County were at 131.
Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' task force for reopening the state was holding more meetings Wednesday as it worked to put together recommendations by the end of the week.
At a news conference Tuesday, DeSantis said that hospitals have plenty of empty beds, and that predictions that they'd be overwhelmed never bore out.
"There were estimates that this week, Florida would have 455,000 people hospitalized for COVID-19," DeSantis said. "The actual number is closer to 2,000. We've been able to flatten the curve."
To-date, Florida has had more than 4,400 people hospitalized for the virus. More than 292,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the state.