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Coronavirus Live Updates: 2,385 New Cases In Florida Reported On Sunday

Al Diaz
Miami Herald
A bottle containing the drug remdesivir is held by a health worker at the Institute of Infectology of Kenezy Gyula Teaching Hospital of the University of Debrecen in Debrecen, Hungary, Thursday Oct. 15, 2020.

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Florida Reports 2,385 New Cases Statewide And 12 Deaths In Miami-Dade

Thestate of Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 2,385 new cases Sunday, a number just above the average of the previous seven normal Sundays.

Throughout the pandemic, less data collection and entry result in Sunday reports having lower case and fatality numbers than the rest of the week. There was a combined two-day report on Oct. 11. Otherwise, since Aug. 23, the next seven Sundays averaged 2,336 cases.

The state also reported 12 more deaths credited to the novel coronavirus, seven of which came from Miami-Dade and none from Palm Beach, Broward or Monroe counties.

Read more from our news partner the Miami Herald

-David J. Neal/Miami Herald

Statewide Coronavirus Cases Increase By 3,689 Resident Death Toll Reaches 16,340

Updated Friday at 12:20 p.m.

Florida surpassed 770,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 3,689 cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

Florida now has a total of 771,780 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties make up 1,205 of the newly reported cases. Monroe County added 20 new cases overall.

Friday’s update also included the announcement of 73 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 16,340.

— By WLRN News

Remdesivir Now The First And Only COVID-19 Treatment Approved For Use In US, FDA Says

Updated Friday 6:07 a.m.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the antiviral drug remdesivir for the treatment of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the U.S. — the first and only approved COVID-19 treatment as of yet.

The drug, named Veklury, was one of the three experimental treatments given to President Donald Trump while infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus driving the pandemic.

The California-based biotechnology company that developed the drug, Gilead Sciences, said the antiviral is “widely available in hospitals across the country, following early investments to rapidly expand manufacturing capacity to increase supply,” according to a news release.

— By Katie Camero / The Miami Herald

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