Florida added more than 6,300 new cases of coroanvirus on Monday, after the 4th of July holiday weekend.
The Florida Department of Health reported a total of 206,447 cases of the virus between residents and non-residents, a jump of 6,336 cases from Sunday. There are also 3,880 deaths from the virus.
On Saturday, Florida set a new record for the number of new cases reported in one day with 11,458.
Palm Beach County is third in the state with 17,242 cases and 543 deaths.
Gov. DeSantis addressed the new numbers during a news conference at UF Health in The Villages.
The governor said there’s no need to be fearful and that research shows the virus has been circulating in the United States longer than previously thought.
DeSantis said the number one age group impacted by the virus in Florida is those who are 21 years old.
“The virus is affecting folks who are less likely to see clinical consequences,” DeSantis said.
Another doctor at the news conference said the new numbers are behaviorally driven and people have to step up to be responsible.
“Thinking of now, not thinking of tomorrow or others, that spills into other age groups. And then we have another problem,” the doctor said.
DeSantis also addressed a recent comment by President Trump at the 4th of July celebration at the White House.
DeSantis said he doesn’t believe Trump tried to minimize the serious nature of the virus.
Here are the county-by-county totals for coronavirus:
Palm Beach County
- Total cases: 17,242
- Resident cases: 17,082
- Deaths: 543
- Total cases: 2,422
- Resident cases: 2,406
- Deaths: 29
St. Lucie County
- Total cases: 2,264
- Resident cases: 2,252
- Deaths: 53
Indian River County
- Total cases: 953
- Resident cases: 941
- Deaths: 17
- Total cases: 439
- Resident cases: 437
- Deaths: 0
The city of West Palm Beach has the eighth most cases of coronavirus among residents in the state with 4,071. Lake Worth is No. 14 with 2,446 cases. Boca Raton is No. 18.