The rise of new cases in Florida has set a record three days in a row: 1,698 on Thursday, 1,902 new cases on Friday and 2,581 on Saturday.

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For the first time, Florida reported more than 2,000 new cases of coronavirus in one day, recording 2,581 on Saturday and smashing the record number of new cases set just a day ago.


In Northwest Florida, the county that recorded the highest gain was Santa Rosa, with 10 new cases.


The governor had no planned activities scheduled for this weekend.


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The state has 3,407 children younger than 18 who have tested positive for the virus, with 103 hospitalized, the Department of Health said in a new two-page report Saturday focused on pediatric cases.


At a news conference at the University of Miami on Friday, DeSantis scoffed at the notion that his decisions to ease restrictions had led the number of cases to explode.


“It’s interesting,” he said, citing hospital records in two counties. “We did Phase 1 six weeks ago so the idea that all of a sudden it would be linked to that.”


The rise of new cases in Florida has set a record three days in a row: 1,698 on Thursday, 1,902 new cases on Friday and 2,581 on Saturday. The previous high had been on April 3 when 1,575 new cases were logged.


Statewide, the death toll from the respiratory disease COVID-19 rose by 49 to 3,016, including non-residents, topping 3,000 for the first time. Palm Beach County added nine deaths to 438.


Here is the county-by-county breakdown for Northwest Florida


Okaloosa: 315, three higher than yesterday


Santa Rosa: 285, 10 higher than yesterday


Walton: 146, one higher than yesterday


Bay: 141, two higher than yesterday


Washington: 91, four higher than yesterday


Gulf: 8, same as yesterday


Franklin: 3, one higher than yesterday


Here are the city-by-city totals for Northwest Florida


Milton: 168, up by two over yesterday


Fort Walton Beach: 130, up by one over yesterday


Panama City: 88, two over yesterday


DeFuniak Springs: 85, one over yesterday


Chipley: 76, two over yesterday


Navarre: 44, one over yesterday


Crestview: 42, unchanged


Navarre: 44, one over yesterday


Niceville: 35, unchanged


Gulf Breeze: 35, one over yesterday


Santa Rosa Beach: 22, unchanged


Panama City Beach: 20, unchanged


Pace: 21, two over yesterday


Shalimar: 19, unchanged


Mary Esther: 18, unchanged


Lynn Haven: 12, unchanged


Freeport: 8, unchanged