Florida tops 500,000 virus cases as testing resumes after storm

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St Petersburg: Florida surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases on Wednesday as testing ramped up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias, state officials said.

A long line of cars waited outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Wednesday morning for a coronavirus testing site to reopen after being closed because of the storm.

Lines of cars wait to be checked in at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Lines of cars wait to be checked in at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Credit:AP

Florida reported 225 new deaths Wednesday, bringing its seven-day average of daily reported deaths to a high of 185, behind Texas with 197. Florida’s rate is approaching a quarter of that seen in New York at its peak in mid-April.

The number of people treated in hospitals statewide for the coronavirus continued a two-week decline, with 7622 patients late Wednesday morning — a decrease of 175 from the previous day and down from highs of 9500 two weeks ago.

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