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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida COVID-19 Cases Increase By 8,109, Deaths Increase By 212

COVID-19 drive thru testing
Al Diaz
Miami Herald
Coronavirus testing at Marlins Park.

Coronavirus updates in South Florida for Wednesday, August 12, 2020. This post will be updated throughout the day.

This post will be updated today, Wednesday, August 12, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

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Florida COVID-19 Cases Increase By 8,109, Deaths Increase By 212

Updated Wednesday at 12:10 p.m.

The Florida Department of Health confirmed an additional 8,109 cases on Wednesday. The state has a total of 550,901 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Wednesday's update included 212 new deaths among Florida residents, increasing the statewide number to 8,765.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County make up 3,752 of the reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 13 deaths due to COVID-19.

- WLRN News

Broward Schools Backtracks On Possible Reopening Date

Updated Wednesday at 6:35 a.m.

The Broward School Board backtracked on a plan to wait until October to even consider reopening campuses, deciding Tuesday to review the issue as early as this month.

The district will start the new year with remote learning only Aug. 19 due to the continued spread of COVID-19 in South Florida. But the School Board decided it will revisit whether to start in-person classes every two weeks, instead of waiting until Oct. 1, as a draft plan suggested.

School Board members said they heard from a lot of parents who were alarmed after the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported the Oct. 1 target to reconsider opening.

To read more, visit our news partner at the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

- Scott Travis/Sun Sentinel

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