What to Know
- Florida reported 966 new COVID-19 cases Monday along with 12 new virus-related deaths
- Half of the new deaths were reported in Miami-Dade and Broward
- Statewide, more than 1,235,000 people have been tested for COVID-19, with the percent positive around 5.3%
Florida's number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by more than 960 Monday, as the state reported a dozen new virus-related deaths.
With 966 new COVID-19 cases, the state's total rose to 64,904, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Health.
Another 12 new deaths related to the virus were confirmed, bringing the state's total to 2,712. Of those deaths, 1,395 are residents and staff of long-term care facilities.
Statewide, more than 1,235,000 people have been tested for COVID-19, with the percent positive around 5.3%. More than 11,000 hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been reported in Florida to-date.
Miami-Dade County's case total rose to 19,756, out of 208,152 tested, about 9.5% positive. The county's virus-related deaths rose by 2, to 767.
In Broward County, there were 7,924 COVID-19 cases reported out of 126,550 tested, about 6.3% positive. The county had 343 virus-related deaths, four more than Sunday's total.
Palm Beach County had 7,329 cases and 373 deaths. Monroe County had 114 cases and 4 deaths.
At a news conference in South Florida Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the increase in cases in recent days was due to a large increase in testing. DeSantis said the state has averaged 30,000 test results per day over the past couple weeks, compared with an average of 10,000 test results per day in March and April.
"Don't mistake identifying more cases for thinking that there were more cases one day compared to two months ago," DeSantis said.
Meanwhile, gyms in Miami-Dade County were finally allowed to reopen Monday with a number of safety measures in place.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Monday that the county's beaches were expected to reopen Wednesday, and he was going to lift the county's curfew Monday afternoon.