Within the past week, there have been 24,365 new COVID-19 cases in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health’s Data and Surveillance Dashboard.

The surge in coronavirus cases statewide brought the state total to 760,389 by Tuesday, up from 736,024 cases a week earlier.

Within that same time period, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County reported cases have increased from 1,958 to 2,093.

One new death was also reported, a 90-year old woman who had underlying health conditions, according to the state.

This brings the total number of deaths in Monroe County to 25.

“The good news is the deaths are not tracking like they were before,” said Bob Eadie, the local health department administrator. A month ago, daily deaths were in double digits, according to the state dashboard.

Key West has seen the greatest increase of cases recently, from 886 to 970, as of Tuesday. Key Largo (267 to 277), Marathon (212 to 221) and Tavernier (145 to 150) saw moderate rises in the number of cases reported.

Additionally, Summerland Key, increased by three new cases, to 46, and Stock Island reported one new case, rising to 54 total cases reported.

Several local areas reported no new cases: Islamorada (53); Big Pine Key (38); Key Colony Beach (11); Little Torch (6); Sugarloaf (5); Cudjoe Key (5); Long Key (4); Ramrod Key (3); and Big Torch, Marathon Shores, Layton and Duck Key, each with 1.

Monroe County and government officials are urging residents to not let down their guard when it comes to wearing masks, washing hand and social distancing. There have been 201 cases in the past 14 days with a 7% positive test rate.

Eadie stressed if proper precautions are taken, the disease can be controlled or at least slowed down.

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance to limit gatherings especially ones where masks are not used,” Eadie said.

He added that residents and visitors need to continue to be vigilant as the fall and winter seasons arrive, as historically there are more transmissions of disease because more people are indoors.

Monroe County still requires facial coverings to be worn in all business establishments, with a few exceptions such as being able to remove a mask while sitting in a restaurant or bar to eat or drink or while working out in a gym.

Information on the facial covering requirements can be found at http://www.monroecountyem.com/covid19.

While businesses may operate at 100% capacity, social distancing by maintaining a 6-foot separation between parties is still required. Masks are required outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Local hospitals continue to be monitored and, as of Tuesday, were well supplied with staffing and beds, according to government officials.

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