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Florida governor gives latest COVID-19 numbers in South Florida

On Monday, DeSantis spoke about the increase in positive testing percentages, citing increased and more widespread testing.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gave an update regarding COVID-19 on Tuesday from Pan American Hospital in Miami.

DeSantis addressed the latest testing numbers in Miami-Dade, saying that as of Tuesday 50,461 people had tested positive with 4,173 hospitalizations and 1,057 deaths.

Earlier this week, he spoke about the increase in positive testing percentages, citing increased and more widespread testing.

"When we started this clearly the testing levels were low... part of that was a limited testing capacity," said DeSantis. "The positivity rate was about 10% for the first 4 to 6 weeks. This week we've done about 400,000 tests and have just under a 15% positivity rate."

On Sunday, Florida eclipsed 200,000 positive cases of COVID-19 which comes just two weeks after Florida passed the 100,000 threshold.

But a lot has changed between the first 100,000 cases and the next, most notably the dramatic decline in the death toll - which dropped by more than 82%. DeSantis said the testing-to-positive case ratio has remained basically the same.

DeSantis said that the main drivers of the numbers now include the younger population as they continue to go out and socialize. 

"Case growth is being driven primarily by these low-risk groups," he said. "The age with most cases in the state is 21."