Florida reported a record increase in new COVID-19 deaths for a fourth day in a row,, with 257 fatalities, according to the state health department.
Mississippi also reported a record increase in deaths, with fatalities rising by 52. That was a record rise for the state for the second day in a row.
Overall in the United States, deaths have increased by nearly 25,000 in July to 153,000 total lives lost since the pandemic started.
Florida also reported 9,007 new cases, bringing its total infections to over 470,000, the second highest in the country behind California. Florida’s total death toll rose to nearly 7,000, the eighth highest in the nation, according to a Reuters tally.
Florida is among at least 18 states that saw cases more than double in July.
Florida reported record one-day increases in cases three times during the month, with the highest on July 12, at 15,300 new cases in a single day.