TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – South Florida has a timetable for reopening, as Gov. Ron DeSantis has allowed Palm Beach County to begin Phase 1 Monday while setting a tentative target date of May 18 for Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
That latter decision will depend on the numbers, and Democratic members of Congress have criticized the pace of DeSantis’ plans to lift restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Saturday, the state’s health department confirmed 40,001 cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 1,715 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus and 7,093 hospitalizations.
Over the past day, 46 deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed across Florida, 14 in Miami-Dade, nine in Broward and eight in Palm Beach County.
Miami-Dade County has 13,841 cases of COVID-19 with 482 deaths and 2,081 hospitalizations, the highest numbers in the state.
Broward has 5,780 cases, 257 deaths and 1,158 hospitalizations.
Palm Beach County has 3,798 cases, 237 deaths and 633 hospitalizations.
Monroe County has 89 cases, three deaths and 11 hospitalizations.
Monroe had been allowed to begin Phase 1 of reopening Monday, though the Keys remain closed to visitors.
Government and medical experts agree that testing is paramount to the decisions to reopen facets of business and life.
The health department says that over 529,000 coronavirus tests have been administered across Florida, with 7.5% of those coming back positive.
The U.S. has surpassed 1.2 million confirmed cases, the largest number reported in the world, with more than 77,000 deaths. Over 198,000 Americans have been classified as recovered, according to data compiled from various sources by Johns Hopkins University.
Worldwide, the number of COVID-19 cases reported is over 3.9 million, and there have been more than 276,000 deaths from the disease. Over 1.3 million people globally have been classified as recovered.
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