Central Floridians need to take coronavirus precautions as state reopens, expert says

1,305 new COVID-19 cases reported Friday

ORLANDO, Fla. – As Florida continues reopening, the state saw the highest number of new COVID-19 cases Thursday that it has seen since the state started tracking.

Most businesses want to get back open, but experts warn if it’s not done correctly, it could lead to more infections and possibly even more deaths.

On Friday, Florida, saw 1,305 new coronavirus cases.

The day before, the state had 1,419 new cases -- a record for the highest number of new cases in a single day.

Both of these days put the state on track to be one of the worst weeks of new infections since the virus started and it’s happening as Central Florida moves into phase two of reopening.

Dr. Ali Mokdad, with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, has developed COVID-19 projections that are used around the world and even by the White House.

“The virus is still out there and it’s circulating so you have to be extra careful. We shouldn’t let our guard down,” Mokdad said.

More positive cases could be a result of more testing, he said.

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