Coronavirus cases in Florida reached 728,921 on Sunday after 5,570 new positives and 178 additional deaths of residents in the state, reported the Department of Health.
This Saturday, a confusion about the COVID-19 results by an external laboratory forced the Florida Department of Health to stop its report and stop issuing the figures that are usually reported daily without interruption.
On Sunday, in total the results of 114,674 tests were reported, with a positivity rate of 3.47 percent.
In the last week, 19,876 new cases have been reported: 5,570 on Sunday; 2,908 on Friday, 3,306 on Thursday, 2,582 on Wednesday, 2,251 on Tuesday, 1,415 on Monday, 1,844 on Sunday, and 2,811 on Saturday. The average number of positives to COVID-19 in the last week is 2,839 per day.
Miami-Dade has so far had 175,118 cases and Broward 79,332. The two counties have the highest number of infected people in the state, where 15,364 people have already died from COVID-19. Another 188 nonresidents in the state have died in Florida, bringing the total deaths to 15,552.
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In Miami-Dade, 3,439 people have died from COVID-19 and in Broward 1,467.
Additionally, Palm Beach County has had 47,955 positive cases and Monroe 1,958. A total of 45,675 people have been hospitalized in the state during this outbreak, which is not to say that all are hospitalized at this time.
In the central state, Hillsborough County has 44,138 cases and Orange has 42,105 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In the Southwest, Lee County has 21,332 positives and Collier County 13,236.
This Saturday, Helix Laboratory sent approximately 400,000 previously registered COVID-19 test results to the Health Department on Friday night.
Officials said the “massive” amount of data needed to be removed and prevented the department’s automatic reporting system from processing the results, which caused the problem and the report was not released.
Unemployment assistance applications go back up
In the week that ended on October 3, there were more applications from people who are asking for unemployment benefits for the first time in Florida, an indicator that was decreasing week after week.
Of 32,373 applications a week before, 40,200 were passed, according to figures from the Labor Department.
By contrast, there were fewer application renewals, which analysts say is not necessarily a good sign.
The drop from 373,194 to 273,985 renewed applications may be due to the fact that there are unemployed people who have already exhausted the twelve weeks of subsidy to which workers are entitled in Florida, one of the states that offers the least unemployment protection.
Florida’s unemployment rate was 7.4% in August, the latest month for which data is available.
Despite the almost total economic reopening of the state, there are companies, such as Disney, that are announcing layoffs in a state highly dependent on tourism revenue, a sector in which the return to normality is very slow.
According to media in Orlando, the Florida city famous for its theme and amusement parks, the 6,700 non-union workers who will stop working for Disney in December will be joined by the layoffs of 8,875 part-time workers with union affiliation.