Florida sets record for coronavirus deaths for fourth consecutive day

Elias Hubbard
August 1, 2020

Mississippi, Montana and Nevada also had a one-day record increase in deaths on Friday.

While the state's fatality toll continues to rise daily, the numbers presented each day do not necessarily mean each death occurred on that day; the numbers come from when the state was made aware of those deaths and accounted for them.

Nationally, deaths are rising at their fastest rate since early June and one person in the United States died about every minute from COVID-19 on Wednesday, the day with the largest increase in deaths so far this week. The health department did not respond to the Miami Herald's inquiry as to why the death count was adjusted for the second consecutive day.

Florida health officials have reported 179 new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the state's total to more than 7,000. The number of cases in Florida since the beginning of the pandemic in March now totals 470,386. The county now has 56,797 known cases and 742 deaths.

US coronavirus deaths rose by over 25,000 in July and cases doubled in 19 states during the month, according to a Reuters tally, dealing a crushing blow to hopes of quickly reopening the economy. The Keys had reported 70 new cases and two deaths Friday.

After a rapid acceleration in cases, the outbreak appears to be stabilizing in Arizona, Florida and Texas.

Hospitalizations grew by 439 new patients reported Saturday to 26,972 statewide. July alone saw 3,409 COVID-19 related deaths recorded - almost 50 percent of the state's total COVID-19 deaths.

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