Lines of cars wait at a drive-through coronavirus testing site, Sunday, July 5, 2020, outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida health officials say the state has reached a grim milestone: more than 200,000 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the start of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
UPDATED 7:24 AM PT — Monday, July 6, 2020
Florida set a new record of coronavirus cases after the state reported its highest number of infections in a single day. State health officials said there were 11,400 new cases reported on Saturday.
As of Sunday, Florida has more than 200,000 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began and a total of 3,731 people have died from the virus.
Officials said about 43 percent of the cases have been reported in three counties, which include Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said the reopening of bars and restaurants has contributed to the increase in cases.
“There’s no doubt that the fact that when we reopened people started socializing as if the virus didn’t exist,” he stated. “Just before this weekend, the incline slope was 91 new cases per day, so it’s almost three times a greater slope than it was prior to the stay-at-home order…it’s extremely worrisome.”
Florida has the ninth highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country and officials are expecting the numbers to go up following this past Independence Day weekend.