Florida Sees Over 8,000 Cases of COVID-19 in One Day

Mandating masks statewide would 'backfire,' Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says
Posted at 4:32 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 16:32:55-04

On Friday Florida's Department of Health reported 8,942 people tested positive for COVID-19. This is the highest number of cases since the previous high which was 5,508 cases two days ago.

The total number of cases in Florida is now 122,960 and 3,366 deaths.

In a press conference governor Ron DeSantis said that this rise in cases is due to a high number of tests coming in.

"Really nothing has changed in the past week in terms of, we had a big test dump," he said. "We've been testing, 10 to 15% have been testing positive in the last week."

DeSantis said the last week of May the positivity rate was about 3% and started increasing to where it's at now.

The median age range has been the most significant change of people who are testing positive, now being those who are in their early to mid-thirties rather than those in their sixties.

Younger people who get the virus are less likely to experience serious side effects, but can pass it to older and more vulnerable people.