Florida's Covid Total At A New High

Florida's coronavirus numbers went up, and 700 new coronavirus cases and a reported 50 new virus-related deaths.

The state's total rose to 35,463, and the death toll rose to 1,364. Statewide, more than 5,940 people have been hospitalized for the virus to-date, and more than 416,500 have been tested. Miami-Dade County is up 243 new cases for a total of 12,632 cases, while Broward's total rose to 5,257. Miami had the highest number of infections, with 7,836, followed by Hialeah with 1,556. Hollywood had 1,282 cases and Fort Lauderdale had 1,224.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced baby steps toward reopening the state's economy. Restaurants and retail stores will reopen Monday at 25% capacity.

The order will also allow hospitals and surgical centers statewide to restart nonessential, elective procedures only if they have sufficient medical supplies and agree to help nursing homes and assisted living facilities prevent and respond to coronavirus outbreaks.

Heavily populated Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. DeSantis said their businesses will begin phase one when it is safer. Parks, golf courses and other outdoor recreation areas already began reopening in some South Florida counties.

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