Confirmed coronavirus cases continue to rise in Florida, with the number of cases in state jumping by nearly 100 on Wednesday.
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Most of the new cases appeared in South Florida, an area of the state where testing continues to grow.
Broward County saw the highest increase, with 25 new cases being reported — 80 total. Miami-Dade County cases grew to 76, an increase of 23 from yesterday. Palm Beach County reported 10 new cases, raising the total to 19.
New cases also appeared in Central Florida, with the website reporting nine cases in Orange County, eight cases in Osceola County, seven cases in Seminole County, two cases in Lake County, and the first case in Sumter County.
Meanwhile, the number of positive cases increased in Hillsborough (13) and Pinellas County (10).
The DOH also reported one new death, bringing the total to seven.
On Tuesday evening, the total number of cases sat at 216. Today’s 98 additional cases mark the biggest surge of COVID-19 in the state.
The new totals come one day after Governor Ron DeSantis outlined additional measures to stop the spread of the virus, which include closing bars and nightclubs, monitoring the size of crowds on beaches, and limiting the capacity at restaurants.
While the uptick is alarming, the total number of cases could balloon if Floridians decide to take no action and don’t follow social distancing recommendations from health experts and government officials.
According to the latest coronavirus trend, we can expect to have 300,000 infections in the United States, and well over 10,000 infections just in Florida by the end of March, just two weeks from now.