FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida’s daily COVID-19 death toll hit 277 Friday, tying the state record for resident and non-resident deaths from the disease.

Florida reported 13,719 new coronavirus cases on Friday and another 272 new resident deaths linked to COVID-19. The state has now reported 1,627,603 cases since the pandemic began.

The death toll tied the state record set Aug. 11, as the disease reached its summer peak.

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Palm Beach County: 811 additional cases and 17 more deaths. The county now has 101,019 confirmed cases and 2,113 deaths, including 30 non-residents.

Broward County: 1,176 additional cases and seven more deaths. Broward has a known total of 163,896 cases and 2,046 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The death tally includes 35 non-residents.

Miami-Dade County: 2,299 additional cases and 34 new deaths. The county now has 354,704 confirmed cases and 4,709 deaths, including 31 non-residents.


Public health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is under 5%. But since Oct. 29, Florida has exceeded 5% in its widely publicized calculation for assessing the rate for testing of residents. Read more at Yahoo News