For the third time in four days, Florida broke its record for new COVID-19 cases in one day, and the Florida Department of Health reported nearly 10,000 new cases on Saturday.
Florida now has 132,545 total cases of the virus, the sixth most in the country.
The alarming increase in cases this week forced the governor. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantis Night Health Care: White House Seeks to Reassure Amidst COVID-19 Peaks | Florida Blocks Bars from Serving Alcohol After Breaking Record of New Coronavirus Cases | Administration Expands Funding for Texas Birx Tests to Join Pence in Texas, Arizona, As Coronavirus Cases Rise in Florida to Close Bars After Breaking Record of New Coronavirus Cases MORE (R) Friday to order all independent bars to stop serving alcohol in a bid to curb the spread of the disease.
According to the state health department, 78,345 Floridians underwent tests for the coronavirus on Friday, a new record. Conservative lawmakers, including President TrumpDonald John Trump Miami-Dade will close the beaches during the weekend of July 4 by coronavirus fears that an Oklahoma reporter will test positive for COVID-19 after attending the Trump rally in Tulsa Trump criticizes the Governor of Illinois, Mayor for violence in Chicago calls for ‘law and order’ MORE, have pointed to an increase in evidence as the culprit in the increasing number of cases; however, the percentage of positive tests, a better metric to use when trying to see if the virus is spreading, suggests that increasing testing is not the only cause.
On June 13, Florida’s positive test rate was 4.39 percent. By Tuesday, it had shot up to 15.84 percent, and is currently 12.82 percent, almost three times higher than two weeks ago.
DeSantis also said Friday that the state was beginning to see younger adults most affected by the virus.
“What we have seen, particularly over the past week, is a real explosion in new cases among our younger demographics,” he said. “When we started this in March, the average age of people who tested positive was, I think, 65 years old. As the tests increased, that was in the 1950s. But it was almost in the 1950s most of the time, and recently, it has actually plummeted. “
The median age for new cases on Friday was 34 years, by comparison.