Florida coronavirus cases jump 45% overnight—to 314—as testing ramps up

Jeffrey Schweers
USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida Capital Bureau

The number of newly diagnosed cases in Florida of the coronavirus jumped dramatically overnight by nearly 100 — to 314 from 216 — the day after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a surge in testing across the state.

Most of that 45 percent increase in new cases appeared in South Florida, where the testing has been most robust.

Broward reported 80 cases altogether, up from 55 last night. Miami-Dade cases are up to 76 this morning, up from 43 yesterday. And Palm Beach County reported 19 cases, up from 9.

The Department of Health also reported one new death, bringing the total to 7.

The increases were posted the day after DeSantis ordered all bars and nightclubs in Florida closed for 30 days, told restaurants to cut capacity in half and encourage patrons to order takeout, and handed down restrictions on beach crowds.

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The largest number of cases continue to be in South Florida, with 80 in Broward, 76 in Miami-Dade and 19 in Palm Beach. Those counties account for more than 45 percent of the statewide COVID-19 cases.

Several counties around the state have reported no cases of the virus, mostly in North Florida and in the central portion of the state.

The governor took a number of actions Tuesday to try to stop the spread of the virus around the state, including deploying three field hospitals, one in Orlando, Broward County and Ocala and ordering an additional 2,500 test kits.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

This story originally published to tallahassee.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the USA TODAY Network - Florida.