AS FLORIDA HITS ITS LARGEST SINGLE DAY OF NEW CASES, NOT ALL COUNTIES ARE SEEING THE SAME SPREAD:
 
As Saturday’s numbers were revealed yesterday, Florida set two records on the same day – we had BOTH the highest number of new tests in a single day, at 99,033, and also the highest number of new cases in a single day, at 15,300. I was hearing the same news reports you were, so we dug into the data to understand the facts and make sense of the new numbers. 
Saturday’s growth in cases of people testing positive for the COVID-19 virus in Florida marked the largest single-day increase to date, not just in Florida but in the nation. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) recorded 15,300 new confirmed casescompared to a day earlier. More than 13,000 (85%) of these new cases were identified in just 14 of our 67 counties, with Miami-Dade and Broward continuing to top the list. As a reference point, Leon County, where I live and where the Florida Chamber is headquartered, had 102 new cases, our hospitalization number stayed even at 65, and our deaths since COVID-19 began remained at 8. As I dug further, I noticed that 30 of our 67 counties had fewer than 25 new cases and Lafayette County had zero new cases. In other words, we clearly have community spread in parts of Florida but the vast majority of counties are holding steady, at least for now. If you haven’t bookmarked www.thefloridascorecard.org as your daily “county level” COVID-19 tracker, I strongly suggest you check it out. As we keep looking at the facts, let’s remember that despite over 40 mask requirements in Florida, the average age of new cases remains approximately 21 years old and approximately half our Florida deaths are NOT happening in the community but, rather, are happening in nursing homes or assisted living facilities which remain closed to the public. This is a serious issue and I continue to urge chamber members to set examples for others by following CDC and Florida DOH guidelines for safely operating your business – for your employees, customers, vendors and all Floridians. Here are the top 14 counties accounting for over 85% of Florida’s NEW cases reported from Saturday. My team and I will continue to monitor this for you and continue to bring you our perspective.