Tracking coronavirus: Florida shatters single-day record adding over 11,400 new cases

Below is a log of the day's events as it relates to the global coronavirus pandemic.

2:45 p.m. -- The City of Cocoa Beach is urging residents to use face masks or coverings in any indoor location to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  

2:00 p.m. -- A California educator has been fired, after an alleged confrontation with a young child and his family at a yogurt shop. 

Authorities said a woman was angry that a mother with a 1-year-old in a baby stroller, did not comply with social distancing, and instead, stood too close to her at the counter. This woman was then accused of taking off her face mask, and coughing on the child about three times.

1:00 p.m. -- A COVID-19 outbreak among the University of Washington’s Greek life students has infected at least 93 people. This comes after the state reported its second-highest day of new cases.

12:00 p.m. -- As coronavirus cases in Florida continue to soar, ten Democratic state lawmakers have issued a letter demanding Gov. Ron DeSantis order a statewide mask mandate. Details HERE.

11:00 a.m. -- The Florida Department of Health reports on July 4 another 11,458 new cases, the highest single-day number of reported cases yet. The total statewide is now at 190,052. Based on data from the department, another 18 people have died, bringing the Florida resident death total to 3,702.


  • Orange: 1,184
  • Osceola: 255
  • Seminole: 218
  • Brevard: 87
  • Volusia: 108

10:00 a.m. -- It’s hard to imagine celebrating the Fourth of July without fireworks. But if you’ve become a routine hand sanitizer user amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, take heed: do not use it before handling fireworks, as the two pose a dangerous – and very flammable – combination. More HERE.

9:15 a.m. -- New Smyrna Beach police say that the beaches reached full capacity before 9 a.m. on Saturday as visitors flocked to the sand on the Fourth of July. If you are planning to head to a beach, remember to practice social distancing by keeping at least 6-feet away from others due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

8:45 a.m. -- The country’s top infectious disease expert said Thursday that the novel coronavirus has mutated in a way that might help it replicate better and spread more easily.

8:00 a.m. -- The Daytona International Speedway is holding its first race since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the world of sports.

The IMSA WeatherTech 240 Championship race is happening on July 4. A limited number of fans will be allowed in the stands, but safety measures will be in place. 

7:00 a.m. -- A study from Florida Atlantic University showed the effectiveness of wearing different kinds of masks to combat the coronavirus infection.

One thing the study made very clear was the importance of wearing a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19, but it went a step further in showing which masks were more effective than others.

6:00 a.m. -- The Florida Department of Health reported another 9,488 cases on Friday at the start of the Fourth of July weekend. This brings the total in the state to 178,594. 67 more deaths have been reported. There are now a total of 3,684 deaths in the state.

Florida COVID-19 Interactive Map HERE

Worldwide COVID-19 Interactive Map 


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