Florida surpassed its daily coronavirus death toll record for the fourth consecutive day on Friday when it reported 257 deaths, marking a nearly 40% jump in daily fatalities this week alone.
The state’s health department reported 257 Florida resident deaths on Friday, bringing the state death toll to 6,843 residents, with an additional 123 non-resident deaths. Friday’s count marks the fourth consecutive day that the state has exceeded its previous highest daily death toll.
Florida Health also reported 8,983 new COVID-19 cases in residents on Friday, bringing the statewide total to more than 470,380 cases. Florida has the second most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country behind California, which has more than 493,140, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has come under fire for the state’s coronavirus response, including his refusal to order residents to wear masks.
Across the U.S., health officials report more than 4.49 million cases of the virus, and more than 152,070 people have died.