Florida hit a new milestone on Friday, surpassing more than 800,000 positive cases in eight months. This happened when the country reported another record high number of new coronavirus infections reported in just one day since the pandemic arrived.
According to health officials, the United States reported nearly 90,000 new cases on Thursday. This surpasses the last one-day record set on 23 October with more than 83,000 cases nationwide.
Closer to home, an election office in Brevard County was forced to temporarily shut down after election staff tested positive for coronavirus.
Election supervisor Lori Scott said the move was done with extreme caution after consulting with the Ministry of Health.
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Scott said voters did not have direct contact with people who test positive for COVID-19 because of polling site safety measures, including the half-inch ballistic glass between workers and voters .
More than 80 million people submitted their ballots ahead of election day, breaking the records of previous years.
According to a poll by CNN, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and Florida saw the highest number of registered voters to date.
Click here to see some of the coronavirus-related precautions that Central Florida counties are taking at the polls.
Below is a breakdown of the most recent data provided by the Florida Department of Health.
The Florida Department of Health reported 5,592 new cases on Friday, bringing the state’s overall number of cases to 800,216 since March. This is the highest total per day since mid-August, in addition to September 1 data rendering with delayed test results.
The Florida Department of Health on Friday said 73 people had recently died from COVID-19. According to Friday’s coronavirus report, a total of 16,927 deaths statewide were associated with coronavirus, a figure that includes 207 non-resident deaths in Florida.
State health officials have consistently insisted that viral deaths are often delayed in reporting to the FDOH, with some deaths not being reported for a month or more.
Right now, 2,350 people with the virus are hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Health Care Administration.
The state reported 174 new hospitalizations on Friday, meaning the state saw the total 49,185 patients hospitalized as of March in association with COVID-19.
The percentage of positive results ranged from 3.65% to 6.73% over the past two weeks and was 5.89% on Thursday.
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Below is Center Florida’s county breakdown of COVID-19 for October 30.
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