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Florida has ‘all the markings’ to become next COVID-19 epicenter, study says

Coronavirus cases are spiking nationwide, and experts say Florida could be the next epicenter in the pandemic.

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That warning comes via Wednesday’s projections from a model by scientists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Florida was one of 10 states that saw a record number of new COVID-19 cases this week.

On Tuesday, the daily total surpassed 2,700. Governor Ron DeSantis said those cases can be traced to hot spots like farm labor camps or particular businesses. DeSantis said he doesn’t intend to re-close the economy amid the rise in cases.

The ABC Action News I-Team reviewed the new numbers on Tuesday and found a spike in new coronavirus hospitalizations across Florida with a total of 1,021 new COVID-19 patients admitted in the week beginning June 10.

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Week Total 7-day average
April 29 1,108 158
May 6 1,088 155
May 13 1,076 154
May 20 988 141
May 27 930 133
June 3 773 110
June 10 1,021 146

According to the model, Florida has “all of the markings of the next large epicenter of coronavirus transmission” and risks being the “worst it has ever been.”

Twenty-one states are seeing an upward trend in new cases of the coronavirus.

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