Florida reports highest single-day COVID cases since September

There were over 3,000 new cases recorded
Chart from Florida Department of Health of COVID cases
Posted at 4:33 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 16:33:48-04

On Thursday the state reported the highest single-day tally of new COVID-19 cases since last month. Along with the 3,356 new cases, there were 144 new deaths recorded as well.

Florida now has just under 750,000 cases and 15,736 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health. The state positivity rate is at 13.08 percent, which is well above the recommended 5 percent for reopening. On September 27, just days after the last spike in cases on September 19, Gov. Ron DeSantis moved the state into phase 3 of reopening.

Miami-Dade and Broward county continue to lead the state in number of infections, according to the FLDOH. There are 176,809 cases in Dade and 80,112 in Broward. Dade currently has a 5.08 daily positivity rate while Broward's is at 4.01 percent. Despite this, on Monday Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez extended the county's curfew from 11 pm to midnight, through 6 am.

Some of these new cases have caused schools to temporarily return to online learning. Since schools in Dade county reopened on Oct. 5, there has been 28 positive cases across 22 schools. In Broward there has been 47 cases across 37 schools.