Florida sees 2 consecutive days of 2,000-plus new COVID-19 cases as more beaches reopen
Florida reported record numbers of new COVID-19 cases this weekend as more beaches in the Sunshine State reopened.
On Sunday, the Florida Department of Health reported its second consecutive day with more than 2,000 new cases a day (2,016). A daily record of 2,581 was reported on Saturday.
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The records come as the state continued its gradual reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the state is currently in phase 2 of Governor Ron DeSantis' reopening plan, which allowed the reopening of bars, cinemas, and tattoo parlors on June 5 with restrictions.
The counties have been reopening the beaches since mid-April, and top-class sands from South Florida are being reopened more slowly due to government regulations. The beaches in Miami-Dade County were reopened on Wednesday after the closure in mid-March.
PHOTO: During the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Miami on June 12, 2020, people will reopen their activities as beaches that were reopened according to Phase 1 of Miami Dade County. (Larry Marano / REX via Shutterstock)
Health logs include groups of no more than 10 people, ready-to-use face covers, and no group activities such as volleyball or frisbee. According to WPLG, a subsidiary of Miami ABC, ambassadors are stationed on the county beaches to remind visitors of the rules. Beach visitors who break the rules may be asked to leave the country.
The Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, who has particularly recovered from COVID-19, told Good Morning America that he was concerned about the latest figures.
"We continue to see data indicating that cases are increasing," he said on Saturday. "It still doesn't include a Memorial Day weekend, and it still doesn't include the protests that we know have gathered thousands of people in our city, many of whom are not wearing masks."
PHOTO: The Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, holds a briefing with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) about hurricane preparation and use of power recovery technology in the event of a Florida hurricane hitting Miami on June 12, 2020 should. (Michele Eve Sandberg / REX via Shutterstock)
Suarez said he would not rule out stopping the city's reopening based on the data.
"We have been data driven from day one and will continue to be data driven," he said. "The data is worrying. And we may have to make some decisions after the weekend when the data comes in."
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DeSantis told the WPLG on Friday that it attributed the rise in the state in cases to an outbreak among farm workers in north-central Florida.
In August, the state plans to host the Republican National Convention. The GOP assembly was moved to Jacksonville after North Carolina governor Roy Cooper could not guarantee that the coronavirus restrictions would be lifted in time for a comprehensive Charlotte meeting.
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As of Sunday, the Florida Health Department has reported 75,568 cases of COVID-19 and 2,931 deaths.
On Thursday, a former Florida Department of Health data scientist launched a competing COVID-19 dashboard that shows a higher number of cases and deaths in the state and breaks down reopening criteria by county. Creator Rebekah Jones told the Washington Post that she wanted "to create an application that delivers data and helps people get tested and get the resources they need from their community."
ABC News' Scott Withers contributed to this report.
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