The number of cases of COVID-19 in Florida rose Tuesday afternoon to 14,747, of which 296 were fatal, and Miami-Dade County, the most affected by the pandemic, reached 5,126 confirmed, according to official data.
Miami-Dade is followed by Broward, also in the south, with 2,230 cases accounted for by the Florida Department of Health at the end of today, which, added up, gives almost 50% of cases in the entire state.
According to the updated figures, there are 1,893 people who have had to be hospitalized and a total of 139,669 tests have been performed.
The number of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus continues to rise, although last Friday was the day that more cases were recorded (more than 1,300) since data are available.
At the moment, no case has been registered in the Lafayette and Liberty counties, while in Gilchrist one was reported in the last hours. These three counties are in the north of the state, which is the region least affected by the virus.
Governor Ron DeSantis imposed a mandatory confinement order throughout Florida, although it is allowed to go outside to buy and work in the businesses considered essential, to walk the pet or play sports.
Meanwhile, local authorities continue to implement measures to alleviate the spread of the coronavirus, such as in the city of Miami Beach, where all workers in supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants, and delivery people will be required to wear a mask at all times.
In a statement, the city said that workers will be able to wear “any type of protective mask”, including those produced at home, bandanas or clothing, since surgical and medical masks such as N95 masks must “be reserved for personnel sanitary”.
“There are few supplies of medical masks like the N95, and they should be reserved for medical personnel and the rest of the emergency services who have a much greater need to use this protective equipment,” the city explained in the statement.
As reported on Monday, the Pentagon awarded a contract to install a field hospital at the Miami Beach Convention Center to alleviate SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infections, according to NBC channel 6.
This hospital is expected to be complete by April 27, but preliminary work to install 450 beds can begin as soon as this Wednesday.
Miami-Dade County already has another such hospital built in the Miami metropolitan area, with a capacity of more than 250 people should it need to be used.
Data of the Florida Health Care Administration Agency indicate that in Miami-Dade there are still 3,466 hospital beds available (41.2% of the total). A study by the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment predicts that the peak of deaths in Florida will come on April 21, when 242 deaths will occur.
Also, this study led by the teacher Chris Murray estimates that by August 4 there will have been a total of 6,770 deaths from COVID-19 throughout Florida.