Florida Keys Reviews 99 New COVID-19 Instances In One Day; Monroe County exceeds 3,000 | Native information

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Monroe County exceeded 3,000 on Friday as the local Florida Department of Health reported 99 new cases in one day on Friday.

The total number of cases in Monroe County stood at 3,064, while the number edged closer to the 1 million mark at 923,418 nationwide.

Of the 99 new cases in Monroe County on Friday, 67 were reported in Key West, where 1,528 cases have been reported since the pandemic began in March.

There have been 17,889 coronavirus-related deaths in the state while 25 were reported in Monroe County.

On Thursday, Key West City officials voted that masks should be worn whenever a person is in public, and on Friday all special events on city lots were canceled until December 31st.

Other cities in the Keys also reported increases on Friday: Marathon added six cases; Key Largo, Tavernier, and Big Pine Key each reported four new cases; and two other cases were reported in Islamorada.

Monroe County’s positivity rate rose to 20.38% as the state’s positivity rate rose to 7.6%, according to the Department of Health’s data and monitoring dashboard, which tracks COVID-19 information on a daily basis.

The number of hospital stays in the Keys remained at nine, although all are reported at Lower Keys Medical Center.

The Florida Department of Health is offering free COVID-19 testing to all Monroe County residents with valid ID. Appointments are required; To set up a schedule, call 786-910-9764 or email [email protected]

In Key West, tests are possible on Wednesdays in the Gato building, 1100 Simonton St., from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In Tavernier, tests are possible on Tuesdays in the Roth building, 50 High Point Road, from 1 p.m. In Marathon, tests are possible on Thursdays in the Ruth Ivins Center, 3333 Overseas Highway, from 1 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. All events are planned depending on the weather.

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