By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – Another 3,822 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Florida on Friday morning, breaking the one-day record of 3,207 set the day before. Palm Beach County’s cases increased by 262 to reach 10,116, with the death toll at 464.
Florida is now up to 89,748 total confirmed cases and 3,104 deaths associated with COVID-19, according to the latest data released by the health department. There were 43 new coronavirus-related deaths reported Friday morning across the state, including five in Miami-Dade County, two in Broward and 14 in Palm Beach County.
The 3,822 new cases in one day is a nineteen percent jump from what had been the record a day earlier in Florida, and it’s more than double what had been the record for single-day cases just a week ago.
Florida has “all the markings of the next large epicenter of coronavirus transmission,” and risks being the “worst it has ever been,” according to projections from a model by scientists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.
“That makes me very worried because, at the numbers they’re now seeing, it’s very easy to start doubling and lose control of the epidemic,” Dr. David Rubin, director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told CNN on Thursday.
Last week, Delray Beach Fire Chief, Keith Tomey said, “[Since] we reopened our numbers have gone up and that’s because people are going out doing things together in close proximity. You know, they’re not wearing their masks, maybe they’re not following their social distances of the six feet.”
Adding, “coronavirus hasn’t gone anywhere, it’s still here. You can tell by the numbers that it’s not going anywhere.”
Chief Tomey’s message to residents is “just wear your mask. Do your social distance things, wash your hands a lot, do all the things we’ve been saying, all the CDC recommendations. We have to stay vigilant, we can’t be complacent at this time.”
Palm Beach County officials announced a press conference will be held today, Friday, June 19th, at 4PM to provide an update of local actions pertaining to the COVID-19 virus. County Mayor Dave Kerner will be joined by other local officials, and it is expected they will discuss the possibility of mandatory face covering in public.
Delray Beach City Manager, George Gretsas, spoke to the City Commission during their regular meeting on Tuesday saying, “right now we’re in the middle of a significant spike as everyone knows, numbers are really starting to get alarming.”
Adding, “there is a debate right now, with the elected officials in Palm Beach County, whether the county should require masks countywide some elected officials at the local level have weighed in urging the county to do that. So for those of you who are interested in a more regional approach and requiring the masks. I would urge you to weigh in with the county and do what you think is necessary.”
As of the morning of June 19th, the confirmed cumulative cases are 2,191,371 in the U.S., with more than 118,467 deaths. Florida reports 89,748 coronavirus cases, while deaths reach 3,104. In Palm Beach County, the confirmed cases have jumped up to 10,116, and deaths total 464.
To put that in perspective, Palm Beach County has 1.497 million residents, and from 2013 to 2018 the average deaths per year in the county were between 13,500 and 15,000, with the leading causes being heart disease, cancer and strokes.
Across the country there have been 115,827 deaths due to COVID-19 reported already in 2020, in 2018 there were 2,813,503 registered deaths for the entire year, in a country of 331,002,651 people.
Palm Beach County’s Interactive Testing Map with over 62 testing sites. This map will help residents find the closest private or community based testing location for them.
Several of the sites are government supported and have free testing with a variety of restrictions and processes. Many others are private labs, urgent care facilities or pharmacies that will bill your insurance.