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Coronavirus Live Updates: Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 2,251 Resident Death Toll Reaches 14,767

A worker for the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust after testing a homeless resident for the coronavirus disease Thursday.
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A worker for the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust after testing a homeless resident for the coronavirus disease Thursday.

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Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 2,251 Resident Death Toll Reaches 14,767

Updated Monday at 11:55 a.m.

Florida surpassed 720,00 positive cases of COVID-19 asFlorida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 2,251 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Florida now has a total of 720,125 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties make up 666 of the newly reported cases. Monroe County only added six cases overall.

Tuesday’s update also included the announcement of 55 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 14,767.

— By WLRN News

Struggling To Pay Rent During The COVID Crisis? Miami-Dade May Have Money For You

Updated Tuesday at 7:00 a.m.

Tenants and landlords across Miami-Dade can apply for county help from the CARES Act, with stipends available to cover rent payments that can’t be made because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Miami-Dade is accepting applications for the next two weeks for a second round of payments from its $15 million tenant program, which can cover up to three months’ worth of rent payments for tenants who meet income requirements. The application window closes on Friday, Oct. 16.

To qualify, a person must be a Miami-Dade resident, unable to pay full rent because of a COVID-related hardship, and make no more than 20% more than the county’s median income. For a single person, that sets the threshold at $76,800, and for a family with four people at home, the threshold is $109,680.

Read more from our news partner at the Miami Herald.

— By Douglas Hanks / The Miami Herald

Florida’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate Remains Below 5% For 12th Straight Day

Updated Tuesday at 6:50 a.m.

Florida’s positivity rate for COVID-19 remained low again Monday, in an encouraging sign that could be put to the test as the state continues reopening.

The daily rate of new tests coming back positive was 3.93%, well below the threshhold of 5% that experts have set as one of the standards for judging the disease under control. It was the 12th day in a row that the rate was under 5%, and experts have called for two straight weeks below the threshold to meet the standard.

This positivity figure reflects only new infections based on COVID-19 testing for the day; it does not count results for people who previously tested positive for the disease.

Read more from our news partner at the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

— By David Fleshler / The South Florida Sun Sentinel

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