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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds 5,607 COVID-19 Cases, Surpassing 860,000 Total Cases

Researchers have been investigating how long antibodies to the coronavirus last in people who have recovered from infections.
Researchers have been investigating how long antibodies to the coronavirus last in people who have recovered from infections.

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Florida Adds 5,607 COVID-19 Cases, Surpassing 860,000 Total Cases

Updated Thursday at 1:06 p.m.

Florida surpassed 860,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 5,607 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Florida now has a total of 863,619 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties make up 2,112 of the newly reported cases. Monroe County added 56 new cases overall.

Thursday’s update also included the announcement of 72 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 17,372.

— By WLRN News

First Wave Of COVID-19 Vaccine Will Need To Be Rationed. How Will Florida Decide?

Updated Thursday at 6:41 a.m.

About 3.5 million Floridians, mostly healthcare providers, medically vulnerable and first responders, could be given priority status when the first doses of the long-awaited coronavirus vaccine arrive in the state, according to a draft report from the Florida Department of Health.

Will the state even get that many doses? And if not, who decides where the first ones go? Those are some of the many unanswered questions as the state prepares for the first vaccine delivery as early as December.

Optimism over a vaccine to provide protection against the deadly COVID-19 virus increased Monday when Pfizer announced it will pursue expedited approval from the Food and Drug Administration after preliminary and incomplete results showed its coronavirus vaccine was 90% effective.

— By Mary Ellen Klas / The Miami Herald/ Times Tallahassee Bureau

Read more from our news partner at the Miami Herald.