Florida is the epicenter of the COVID-19 surge.
Florida’s COVID-19 death toll increased by 1,338.
Those fatalities did not all happen over the past day and span back weeks, but the total death count of 45,909 represents a significant increase from the 44,571 listed a day earlier.
“This is the highest death toll we’ve seen in a single report. It should shock us to the core,” tweeted state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat planning to run against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis next year.
Florida also added 21,392 new cases.
At least 5,700 people died in Florida in August that's an average of about 184 per day