Florida reported 8,942 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, smashing the state's one-day record of 5,511 that had been set Wednesday.
The United States recorded at least 40,870 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the largest single-day increase of the pandemic, according to a Reuters tally, bringing the total number of Americans to who have tested positive to at least 2.475 million. Bar owners, many of whom had just recently reopened their businesses following a state-mandated shutdown, were n0t pleased by the news, but the move was far from a surprise given the surge of positive cases of COVID-19 across the state in recent days.
Florida now has the sixth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country as recent surges pushed it far past MA, according to coronavirus tracking by Worldometer.
Earlier this week New York, New Jersey and CT imposed a 14-day mandatory quarantines on travelers from states with high infection rates like Florida, where some 13 percent of those tested on Friday came back positive. "Unfortunately, our community still isn't taking it very seriously".
DeSantis also said that over the last few weeks, the trend of who is testing positive for coronavirus is no longer the 65 and older age group, but rather test results are showing positive for people with a median age of 33.
The recent spike in new cases has prompted the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) to once again suspending the consumption of alcohol on the premises at bars on Friday morning. Both Abbott and DeSantis are Republican, the same party as President Donald Trump.
Daily case counts tripled in Manatee, Pasco and Polk County compared to Friday, with 257 more in Manatee, 292 in Pasco and 386 in Polk. "The only way we're going to end it is by ending it together", he said of the outbreak. An additional 39 were reported statewide on Friday, including three in Polk.
Miami-Dade County announced late Friday it would reclose beaches from July 3 to July 7 to prevent large gatherings and the spread of the new virus during Fourth of July celebrations in the state's hardest hit area.
People drink outside a bar during the reopening phase in the East Village neighborhood of New York City, June 13, 2020.
Higher numbers are being reported in a number of states besides Florida as well, including Texas, Arizona and California.