Coronavirus-related deaths rose by 186 in Florida on Tuesday, a record number bringing the state’s total death toll to 6,117.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the state also added 9,240 new coronavirus cases, increasing the total number of confirmed cases to 441,977.
Last week, Florida surpassed New York as the state with the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. Both states still follow California, which has reported more than 467,000 cases.
However, Florida still has a much lower death rate than New York, which experienced an increase earlier this year, when less was known about the virus.
New York has reported more deaths than any other state, with more than 32,600. On its worst day, New York reported more than 800 new deaths, compared to Florida’s new record of 186.
Florida Department of Health data published on Monday that showed Hospitalizations among the state’s children increased by more than 20 percent over an eight-day period in July, which occurs as schools prepare to reopen statewide.
Earlier this month, the Governor of Florida. Ron DeSantisThe (R) administration released an order requiring charter and public schools to open at least five days a week beginning in August.