What to Know
- Florida set a single-day record Tuesday for coronavirus-related deaths with 186
- The previous record for deaths reported in a single day in Florida was 173, set on July 23
- The deaths of more than 6,000 Florida residents have been linked to coronavirus, including more than 2,000 in Miami-Dade and Broward
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Florida increased by a new record of 186 Tuesday, as the state added more than 9,200 new COVID-19 cases.
The 9,230 new COVID-19 cases since Monday brought the state's total to 441,977, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Health. It was the third straight day that fewer than 10,000 cases were confirmed.
The 186 reported deaths from COVID-19 in Florida in Tuesday's report surpasses the previous single-day record of 173, set on July 23. The virus-related death toll for Florida residents rose to 6,117.
Of the 186 deaths confirmed Tuesday, only 20 occurred Monday, as it takes the state time to confirm that the deaths are COVID-related.
As previous days are now being updated, it is clear Florida’s deadliest period began shortly after the Fourth of July. Over 10 days — July 8 through July 17 — more than 100 residents died on nine of those days, a total of 1,095 deaths. That means 18% of all the resident deaths confirmed in the state so far occurred over one 10-day stretch in July. And those numbers will rise if more deaths in that period are confirmed.
Hospitalizations of Florida residents over the previous 24 hours also increased by a record 585 In Tuesday’s report by the state Department of Health.
While that is a running total of all who have ever been in the hospital with the virus, another state agency tracks those currently hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. The Agency for Healthcare Administration Tuesday counted 9,023 such patients in hospitals, a decrease from a peak of around 9,600 last week.
The share of all tests coming back positive increased to 15.51%, up from 14.02% on Saturday and 15.10% on Sunday. The percent positive for all new cases was 11.69%, slightly higher than the past three days.
The median age of people who tested positive in Tuesday's results was 42, slightly above the average age of cases for the past two weeks.
Statewide, more than 3,485,000 people have been tested for COVID-19, with an overall percent positive of 12.68%. Figures released Tuesday showed the results of more than 90,000 tests, slightly more than were reported Monday.
In South Florida, Miami-Dade County's case total rose Tuesday by more than 3,000, to 110,352, and the county's virus-related deaths rose to 1,425.
Miami-Dade had a daily positive rate of 17.5% Tuesday, below the two-week average of 19%, according to the county's New Normal Dashboard.
In Broward County, there were 51,657 COVID-19 cases reported, along with 607 virus-related deaths, the first day in the past week the county didn't report a single virus-related death.
Broward's positivity rate was 10.8% Tuesday, the lowest in more than a week.
Palm Beach County had 31,598 cases and 779 deaths, while Monroe County had 1,175 cases and six deaths.