| USA TODAY NETWORK
New coronavirus cases leaped in Florida in the week ending Saturday, rising 10.6% as 26,296 cases were reported. The previous week had 23,770 new cases.
Florida ranked No. 35 among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 548,664 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 17% from the week before. Across the country, 41 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Holmes, Alachua and Franklin counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Miami-Dade County, with 4,258 cases; Broward County, with 3,070 cases; and Palm Beach County, with 2,131. Weekly case counts rose in 33 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.
The share of Florida test results that came back positive was 5.7% in the latest week, compared with 4.8% in the week before, a USA TODAY Network analysis of COVID Tracking Project data shows. In the latest week, 447,173 tests were administered; a week earlier, that figure was 490,032.Experts say it is important to look at the share of tests that come back positive, not just case counts, to get a better idea of whether the rate of new infections is changing or if differences in testing are playing a role.
The World Health Organization says places should be conducting enough tests to have fewer than 5% coming back positive. Places where the percentage is higher could struggle to complete contact tracing soon enough to prevent spread of the virus.
Across Florida, cases fell in 34 counties, with the best declines in Duval, Orange and Polk counties.
In the state, 344 people died in the latest week. In the previous week, 500 people died.
A total of 802,547 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 16,761 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 9,125,482 people have tested positive and 230,548 people have died.