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Your Sunday Update: Nearly 10,000 new COVID-19 Cases Reported Saturday, Fourth of July Holiday Fuels Worry About Skyrocket COVID Cases, MLS Delays Due To Positive Tests, Trump Signs Small Business Loan Program Extension

Amid concerns over coronavirus, the city of Orlando held its annual fireworks celebration online -- a pre-recorded compilation of firework displays over the past few years

Florida Reports Nearly 10,000 New COVID Cases Day After Record-Setting Saturday

Brendan Byrne, WMFE

Florida reported 9,999 new positive cases Saturday, following a record-setting Friday which saw 11,443 cases reported. Florida is now reporting 200,111 total cases, with 197,076 of those positive considered Florida residents. Eight deaths were reported to the state dashboard Saturday.

The numbers were reported to the state’s COVID-9 dashboard Sunday. The state’s positivity rate increased slightly to 17.02 percent.

Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties continue to have the most cases. Orange county is the fifth highest in terms of positive cases, accounting for 7 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases.

Orange county reported 760 new cases Saturday, down from 1,167 reported Friday. In Seminole, 134 new cases were added on Saturday while Osceola recorded 188 new cases, Brevard added 68, Marion shows 58 positive cases and Sumter reports 12 new cases.

Florida sees record number of coronavirus cases in one day

Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Fourth of July holiday weekend began Saturday with some sobering numbers in the Sunshine State: Florida logged a record number of people testing positive for the coronavirus. State health officials reported 11,445 new cases, a single-day record. The latest count brings the total number of cases in the state to 190,052.

A website maintained by the Department of Health shows an additional 245 hospitalizations from the outbreak. Local officials and health experts are worried that people will gather over this July Fourth holiday weekend and spread the virus through close contact.

US holiday fuels worries about skyrocketing virus cases

Associated Press

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The United States has dipped under 50,000 new daily infections for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Experts fear, however, that celebrations for the July 4th weekend will act like rocket fuel for the nation’s surging coronavirus outbreak.

Johns Hopkins counted 45,300 new coronavirus infections Saturday in the U.S. after three days in which the daily count reached as high as 54,500 new cases. The lower figure could be due to reduced reporting on a national holiday.

Despite warnings by health experts to limit gatherings, President Donald Trump went ahead with a speech at Mount Rushmore on Friday and fireworks Saturday on the National Mall in Washington.

MLS Dallas-Vancouver match delayed because of positive tests

Associated Press

The MLS is Back tournament match between FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps has been postponed after numerous positive tests for the coronavirus. The game was originally set for Thursday at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.

FC Dallas announced earlier this week that six players had tested positive after arrival in Florida for the tournament. Two Whitecaps players tested positive, forcing the team to remain in Canada. Additional tests were negative, but the team had to push back travel until Monday.

Trump Signs Small Business Loan Program Extension

Matthew S. Schwartz, NPR

President Trump signed legislation Saturday extending the deadline for small businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, enacted in the weeks following the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The original deadline to apply for the PPP was this past Tuesday night. But $130 billion still remained in the fund, out of $660 billion allocated. Both houses of Congress approved the extension unanimously earlier this week. With Trump’s signature Saturday, businesses will now have until Aug. 8 to apply for the assistance.

The PPP lets businesses get direct government subsidies for payroll, rent and other costs. The subsidies come as federal loans, but those loans can be forgiven if businesses use at least 60% of the funds for payroll.

The program has so far doled out about $520 billion in loans to almost 5 million small businesses across the country. The loans were meant to let businesses cover about two and a half months of typical costs.

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Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »