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Florida sees another rise in COVID-19 cases after huge spike; Dade to reclose beaches

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Northwest Florida Daily News

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MIAMI — The state of Florida has set another record in daily confirmed coronavirus cases.

Florida health officials on Saturday reported more than 9,500 new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the previous day’s total by more than 600 confirmed cases. The figures come as officials move to reclose beaches and discourage bar gatherings.

Experts say the true figure is undoubtedly higher. This is both because of incomplete testing and because it is becoming clearer to scientists that a significant number of people become infected with the virus but do not feel sick or show symptoms.

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The state’s Department of Health said 24 more people have died with COVID-19, raising the death toll to 3,390.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 also are ticking upward statewide. Although they are not rising as dramatically as the reported number of cases, they are approaching the levels of new admissions seen in April and May. New hospitalizations this week have been between about 160 and 170 per day, according to figures compiled by covidtracking.com.

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.

Earlier Friday, state officials said they would ban alcohol consumption at bars as health officials attribute the new outbreak to young adults flocking to establishments after reopening three weeks ago.

In Northwest Florida there were no new deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but infection numbers continued to rise.

The two most-populated counties east of Escambia, Okaloosa and Bay, recorded the largest increases with 22 and 18 cases respectively.

Fort Walton Beach recorded the largest jump in cities with 11 new cases, followed by Panama City with nine.

Local county-by-county numbers

– Santa Rosa: 442, up by 6

– Okaloosa: 563, up by 22

– Walton: 210, up by 4

– Bay: 305, up by 18

– Franklin: 6, unchanged

– Washington: 106, up by 5

– Holmes: 161, up by 11

– Gulf: 22, up by 5

Local city-by-city numbers

– Fort Walton Beach: 233, up by 11

– Milton: 224, up by 1

– Panama City: 200, up by 9

– DeFuniak Springs, 102, up by 2

– Chipley: 86, up by 3

– Crestview: 82, up by 3

– Destin: 78, up by 2

– Navarre: 72, up by 1

– Gulf Breeze: 69, up by 2

– Niceville: 53, unchanged

– Santa Rosa Beach: 40, up by 2

– Panama City Beach: 39, up by 3

– Pace: 37, unchanged

– Mary Esther: 36, up by 1

– Shalimar: 31, up by 2

– Lynn Haven: 25, up by 1

– Freeport: 15, unchanged

– Port St. Joe: 10, up by 2

– Miramar Beach: 9, unchanged

– Eglin: 7, unchanged

– Youngstown: 6, unchanged

All others had 5 or fewer cases.