Florida reported 15,300 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the most new positive cases any state has reported on a single day since the onset of the pandemic.
Florida has now surpassed the previous record of 11,434 new cases set by the state on July 4, reporting a total of 269,811 cases — the third-highest tally in the nation. Florida also reported 45 new deaths for a death toll of 4,242 — ninth highest in the country. Florida Department of Health records also showed that laboratories in the state reported a record 142,981 tests on Saturday.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez told CNN the county is reaching capacity, and hospital beds are filling up, including ones in intensive care. “Our ventilator usage has gone up, close to 200 now, so we definitely had a sharp increase in the number of people going to the hospital,” Gimenez said.
The United States leads all nations with 3,271,549 reported cases of COVID-19 and 134,904 deaths related to the virus, according to figures by John’s Hopkins University.
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