COVID-19 testing

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The United States has reached a daily global record for the coronavirus pandemic — reporting more than 55,000 new COVID-19 cases. The daily U.S. tally stood at 55,274 late Thursday, which exceeds the previous single-day record of 54,771 set by Brazil on June 19.

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine's Coronavirus Resource Center, which tracks the virus worldwide, says the total number of cases reported in the U.S. stands at 2,739,879, an increase of 53,399 over Wednesday's figure.

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Throughout the spring, the easiest way for many Florida residents to get tested for COVID-19 was by rolling down the window at one of dozens of drive-through testing sites around the state, but that's not to say it was easy: many drive-through sites have routinely had hours-long wait times.

 

But as the state makes an effort to ramp up testing in order to slow a rapidly-growing outbreak, a handful of walk-up locations have opened as well.

PEDRO PORTAL / Miami Herald

Florida is slamming the brakes on plans to move forward with reopening.  The move comes as a record high of nearly nine thousand people tested positive for Covid-19 today. The state also announced it was immediately suspending drinking alcohol at bars, as it tries to limit the spread of the virus.

As more people test positive, local municipalities from Key West to the Panhandle are ordering people to wear masks. But Governor Ron DeSantis has resisted a statewide rule.

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The day of her 38th birthday in April, Jane Castro decided it was time to finally find out if she’d contracted COVID-19 during a January trip to Arizona State University.

As much of the country presses forward with reopening, a growing number of cities and states are finding that the coronavirus outbreak now has a foothold in a younger slice of the population, with people in their 20s and 30s accounting for a larger share of new coronavirus infections.

Daniel A. Varela / Miami Herald

As COVID-19 continues to spread in Florida—with a record number of Floridians diagnosed with the virus on Friday. Florida’s health department announced more than 3,800 cases. While more people are getting tested, the percentage of people testing positive is going up — above 10 percent for two out of the past three days.

Governor Ron DeSantis told reporters this week Florida is seeing more positive cases of COVID-19 due to more widespread testing. The same reason has been offered by President Donald Trump as cases spike in other states as well.

DeSantis attributes the record increases in daily coronavirus cases to lots of testing, which now regularly includes people who don’t have symptoms.

He notes high-risk areas are being heavily targeted for tests, like nursing homes, prisons, and migrant worker communities.

C.M. Guerrero / Miami Herald

Florida's positive COVID-19 cases continue to spike, and at a press conference in Tallahassee on Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis listed some reasons — like more testing of inmates — of employees and residents of long-term care facilities and also asymptomatic employees at their workplaces.

 

He also cited other groups leading to more positive tests. Farm and construction workers, whom are "overwhelmingly Hispanic workers and day laborers."

State Boosts COVID-19 Testing For Long-Term Care Workers

Jun 17, 2020
John McCall / Sun Sentinel

TALLAHASSEE --- Staff members at nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be required to be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks under a pair of emergency rules issued Wednesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration.

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As South Florida swings into its third week of reopening amid the COVID-19 outbreak and testing expands, the virus is showing signs of increasing.

AL DIAZ / Miami Herald

Florida saw daily increases of at least 1,000 new coronavirus cases on most days last week. On Monday, the state's Health Department reported 77,326 positive cases including Florida residents and non-residents.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said that’s a result of more people getting tested in the 25-to-45 age range, as well as testing of agriculture workers, for instance. At a June 12 press conference, DeSantis downplayed the side effects that people 25-to-45 year olds face from a coronavirus infection.

AL DIAZ / Miami Herald

The number of positive COVID-19 test results in Florida has increased over the last week. Some days by well over 1,000 per day. On Tuesday, June 9, Florida had 66,000 positive cases — according to the Florida Department of Health.

The state's positivity rate has remained relatively low, however — in the single digits.

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This post will be updated today, Monday, June 8, with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

Mounting evidence suggests the coronavirus is more common and less deadly than it first appeared.

The evidence comes from tests that detect antibodies to the coronavirus in a person's blood rather than the virus itself.

The tests are finding large numbers of people in the U.S. who were infected but never became seriously ill. And when these mild infections are included in coronavirus statistics, the virus appears less dangerous.

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