Florida surpassed NY over the weekend as the state with the second-most confirmed coronavirus cases in the US.
The health department also reported 9,230 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total for the pandemic to almost 442,000.
As global Covid-19 infections top 16 million, Florida continues races past the the rest of the USA with higher daily infections.
According to numbers reported by Johns Hopkins University, Florida has reported 414,511 cases of the virus since the pandemic started, while NY, which was once the epicenter of the outbreak, has had 411,200 cases.
The number of people being treated for COVID-19 at hospitals on Tuesday decreased slightly statewide, but increased in South Florida.
Even as Florida coronavirus cases and deaths have spiked, DeSantis nearly daily has talked about measures he's taken to protect people in long-term care facilities, ranging from outfitting an RV to do rapid testing for employees and residents to banning outside visitors and prohibiting hospitals from discharging COVID-19 positive patients to long-term care facilities.
The U.S. also surpassed 145,000 total coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as well as 75,000 new infections. Next is Broward with 1,285, up by nine since Monday. That's an increase of 10,092 patients since July 1, when the total was 14,825 hospitalizations.
Nationwide: Florida's death rate is near the middle compared with other states.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo only gradually lifted New York's stay-at-home order on a regional basis in May, while there have been statewide orders to wear face masks in public since April. California has reported 21.3 deaths per 100,000, and Texas has had 17.6 deaths per 100,000. Miami-Dade County has the highest number of long-term care facility deaths, with 596, or 21.6% of the total. 781 COVID-19 deaths were recorded by the state health department over the past week. The most vulnerable to death and hospitalization are people older than 65 or those who have underlying health concerns such as weakened immune systems, diabetes or obesity.
California is the United State's most populous state with a population of 39.5 million residents followed by Texas, Florida, and NY.
The number of cases globally now sits at 16,308,119 and the death toll is now 650,148.