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Coronavirus Live Updates: State Reports 7,104 New Cases With 'Giant Drop' In Miami-Dade

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State Reports 7,104 New COVID-19 Cases, With Big Drop In Miami-Dade

Updated at 12:05 p.m. Sunday

The state of Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard update reported 7,104 new cases Sunday and Miami-Dade reported 1,483 new cases — the fewest on a Sunday for each since June 21.

That day, the state reported a then-Sunday high 3,494 new cases. and Miami-Dade reported 710.

Miami-Dade’s Sunday case count also represented a giant drop for a county that reported over 2,000 cases each of the previous 14 days and over 3,000 on four of those days.

Read more from our news partner the Miami Herald

-David J. Neal/Miami Herald

In Florida, 7022 Residents Have Died From COVID-19

Updated Saturday at 12:10 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health on Friday confirmed 9,642 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 480,028. There were also 179 Florida resident deaths announced, which stopped the four-day run of new daily fatality records.

Friday’s 257 deaths was the most reported in a single day.

The statewide resident death toll is now at 7,022.

Read more from our news partner the Miami Herald

-Howard Cohen/Miami Herald

Florida Reports 257 Coronavirus Deaths, Another New Daily Record 

Updated Friday at 11:25 a.m.

Florida surpassed 470,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 9,007 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Florida has a total of 470,386 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Friday's update also included the announcement of 257 new deaths, increasing the statewide number to 6,843 — and setting a new daily record for the state. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 3,135 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported eight deaths due to COVID-19. 

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Three Weeks And $14 Million Later, Miami-Dade’s Contact Tracing Still Lags Behind Cases

Updated Friday at 6:32 a.m.

Three weeks after committing $14 million for the Department of Health to boost the number of contact tracers for COVID-19 in Miami-Dade, the state has added 50 disease investigators to 300 already working to trace new infections in Florida’s hardest hit county.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez, who signed an agreement with the health department on July 9 to hire many more — a total of 250 — said the process of adding staff has been slow. Applicants are hired by Maximus, a Virginia-based company that is contracting with the health department, and must pass state background checks.

“It’s going to take time for them to gear up and hire all 250 contact tracers that we’re paying for,” Giménez said Thursday in a video conference call.

To read more, visit our news partners at the Miami Herald.

- Daniel Chang, Ben Conarck and Joey Flechas/Miami Herald

How Many Health Workers Has COVID Killed? Fla. Says It Has No Data. False, Ex-Data Guru Says

Updated Friday at 6:23 a.m.

One of the tragic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the toll exacted on front-line healthcare workers. Dozens of doctors, nurses and others working punishing hours to save the lives of COVID-19 patients have lost their own lives.

People like Jackson Memorial Hospital radiology technician Devin Francis, who was engaged to be married in a couple of months, and William Vincent Murdock, an MRI technologist at University of Miami Health System, and Araceli Buendia Ilagan, a nurse for 33 years at Jackson.

The Florida Department of Health maintains a tally of fallen healthcare workers, according to the woman who used to run the state’s COVID-19 dashboard and had access to all of the numbers.

To read more, visit our news partners at the Miami Herald.

- Meghan Bobrowsky and Sarah Blaskey/Miami Herald