Today, Florida state health officials reported an additional 10,360 new positive COVID-19 cases, out of 87,000 people tested.
This put the state’s case tally to 254,511 cases, the third most of US states.
Another 95 deaths were recorded in 32 counties. Florida has now seen 4,197 deaths related to COVID-19, 9th most in the country.
Nearly 2.5 million people in Florida have been tested, approximately one of every nine people.
On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Orlando where he said Florida hospitals will receive an additional 17,080 vials of the antiviral drug, remdesivir.
This week, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-166, extending the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 20-52 for 60 days.
Today, at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, DeSantis held a press conference where he went over a number of topics concerning the outbreak in Florida to include schools this fall, saying the risk of coronavirus for students is “incredibly low” and parents concerns their kid could bring home the virus from the school.
“People say, ‘kids may be the vectors then, in the community’… but it’s been found over and over again, as people have looked at this and studied this, particularly in Europe, that the school children aren’t vectors for this, for whatever reason,” DeSantis said. “They usually get infected by the parents. They’re usually not infecting adults.”
DeSantis said he encourages parents to home school their children if they feel comfortable doing so.
“If a parent doesn’t feel comfortable and they want to offer distance learning, look, I believe in school choice across the board,” he said.
Watch the press conference below: