New York’s peak was the highest one-day tally in the nation so far, according to Marketwatch.
In Florida, nearly all of the new cases, 11,445, were among state residents.
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The state is among 11 where numbers have spiked, at least doubling over the past two weeks. The other states, mostly in the South and West, are Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas, according to an NBC News analysis.
The U.S. as a whole meanwhile reported 53,213 new cases, its second day in a row with a tally exceeding 50,000, according to the World Health Organization. The country has over 2.7 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 128,481 deaths, the WHO reports.
In Florida, Miami-Dade County’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus include a new curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. that began Friday night. County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez also said he was rolling back the reopening of entertainment venues, including movie theaters, bowling alleys, and casinos under county control. The county previously closed its beaches for the Independence Day holiday weekend.
The state’s governor, Ron DeSantis, a Republican, is meanwhile encouraging people in the state to wear face coverings but has not made it a requirement.
DeSantis’s communications director, Helen Aguirre Ferre, said in an email that the growth in cases in the state was in part because Florida has also hit a new record in the number of tests performed: 85,086. The percentage of those receiving positive results remained constant at 14 percent, she said.
The governor’s office noted that most Floridians already live under a mask mandate, as populous counties like Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Duval and Hillsborough counties have already adopted such requirements.
“Governor DeSantis continues to stress the importance of personal responsibility in helping defeat COVID,” Ferre said in the email. “Florida has launched public service announcements, in both English and Spanish, emphasizing the importance of wearing a facial covering and avoiding the ‘3 c’s’: crowded spaces, closed spaces, and close-contact spaces.”
“In watching the devastation that COVID-19 is causing in our communities, we strongly recommend that the State of Florida implement the mandatory use of face-covering over the nose and mouth while in a business or other building open to the public, as well as outdoor public spaces, whenever social distancing is not possible,” the lawmakers wrote to the governor, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Phil McCausland is an NBC News reporter focused on rural issues and the social safety net.