//Florida sees sharp spike in coronavirus infections as fears develop it could possibly be one other hotspot

Florida sees sharp spike in coronavirus infections as fears develop it could possibly be one other hotspot

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Fears are rising that Florida could possibly be one other coronavirus hotspot after a pointy improve in infections within the final 24 hours and almost two dozen extra deaths.

Well being officers mentioned Saturday morning they’ve seen 863 extra constructive COVID-19 instances, which introduced the overall tally of instances to three,763.


In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Col. Lou Caputo directs a driver wanting to continue down the Florida Keys Overseas Highway near Key Largo, Fla. Friday, March 27, 2020. The Keys have been temporarily closed to visitors since March 22, because of the coronavirus crisis. Keys officials decided to established the checkpoint Friday to further lessen the threat of virus transmission to people in the subtropical island chain.

On this picture supplied by the Florida Keys Information Bureau, Monroe County Sheriff’s Workplace Col. Lou Caputo directs a driver eager to proceed down the Florida Keys Abroad Freeway close to Key Largo, Fla. Friday, March 27, 2020. The Keys have been quickly closed to guests since March 22, due to the coronavirus disaster. Keys officers determined to established the checkpoint Friday to additional reduce the specter of virus transmission to folks within the subtropical island chain.
(Andy Newman/Florida Keys Information Bureau through AP)

Greater than 600,000 folks around the globe have examined constructive for coronavirus. On Friday, the U.S. surpassed China – the place the virus was first detected late final yr – after recording greater than 100,000 infections.

Florida is now the fourth most-hit state in the US, after New York, New Jersey, and California, in keeping with knowledge by well being officers and Johns Hopkins College.


Miami-Dade and Broward counties – the 2 most populous within the state – have recorded the very best variety of infections, with greater than 400 new instances between the 2 during the last 24 hours. Miami’s Mayor Francis Javier Suarez examined positive for the virus and told Fox News he is recovering well.

At the very least 54 folks have died of coronavirus in Florida, together with not less than three in Miami-Dade and 11 in Broward counties.

Miami-Dade’s first coronavirus-related loss of life was 40-year-old Israel Carrera, from North Miami, who died Thursday – simply days after testing constructive for COVID-19.

Well being officers mentioned they consider he might need contracted the virus after attending the Winter Celebration Music Pageant in early March.

“It started with fever, and then very quickly he was having problems with breathing,” Franco Conquista, who NBC 6 recognized as his boyfriend, mentioned on Friday.


The signs shortly escalated and Carrera went to the hospital. Conquista mentioned Carrera was wholesome and had no underlying well being points apart from possibly hypertension.

“He could not breathe and then they put tubes in his nose and his mouth,” Conquista mentioned. “He couldn’t even get the tubes out to eat, because he couldn’t breathe.”

Carrera died Thursday. He’s survived by his mom, father, and brother, who all stay in Cuba.

The second loss of life was a 79-year-old man; nonetheless, it was not instantly identified if had any contact with a confirmed coronavirus affected person or if he had traveled, the Miami Herald reported.

The third loss of life was Buendia Ilagan, a 66-year-old longtime nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

“Araceli dedicated nearly 33 years of her life treating some of our most critical patients,” the hospital mentioned in an announcement Saturday. “During her long and storied career, she also mentored and trained other nurses, and was a champion for the profession.”

It continued: “As we battle this world public well being disaster, caregivers all through the world are bravely serving on the frontlines, usually placing their sufferers’ lives earlier than theirs. These medical professionals – folks like Araceli – are the true heroes, and we salute all of them.”


Earlier this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis balked on the concept of a statewide stay-at-home order in Florida, saying it would be “inappropriate.”

He mentioned sure coronavirus hotspots all through the state have issued such orders, however one which lined your complete state would have dire penalties.

“There’s sure components of the state the place you’ve extra sporadic instances,” the governor mentioned at Florida’s Logistics Response Heart in Orlando. “To order somebody not to have the ability to earn a paycheck when them going to work just isn’t going to have any impact on what we’re doing with the virus, that’s one thing that I feel is inappropriate.

“South Florida is basically down to essential businesses, everyone else is staying at home. I know here in Central Florida they’ve done something similar,” the governor continued. “We’ve different components of the state, the place you continue to have simply sporadic instances, and we nonetheless do the containment measures, and we nonetheless do different mitigations. However that strategy will likely be completely different.”

Fox Information’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.