The state also announced at least 39 new deaths, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths north of 3,360.
As of 11 a.m., Friday, the Florida Department of Health has reported 122,960 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 8,942 from Thursday's update. So even though the average daily admissions for COVID-19 will climb higher in the days ahead, the state can easily flex up to handle more serious cases if needed, by restricting elective surgeries and discharging less serious patients early. It now has 1,713 confirmed cases, more than triple the 557 cases it reported on May 28.
Polk County smashed its previous record, recording 213 new cases.
"What we've seen, particularly over the last week, is a real explosion in new cases amongst our younger demographics", said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The total number of cases in Palm Beach County has now reached 12,498 and 202 cases have been reported in Monroe County.
But while his critics seem to have tunnel vision on the number of new positive tests posted each day, the surge in cases remains heavily concentrated among young adults under 30 years old, while older, more vulnerable Floridians account for fewer cases. At the start of June, the state entered into its Phase 2 part of the plan, which allows for 50 percent capacity inside bars and restaurants, as well as the reopening movie theaters.
The few states which have had a decrease in cases include North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana, Alabama, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and CT - which saw its cases fall 53 percent. The county's known total is now at 31,562.
The state has added 33,212 cases in the past week, a 37 percent increase.
The number of COVID-19 related deaths has dropped off in recent days.
While Florida's Department of Health is not releasing current statewide hospitalization data to the public, hospitals in Miami-Dade are self-reporting a number of key metrics, including hospitalizations, to the county, which has made this data public.
It is slightly behind Texas, which has notched roughly 137,000 cases. In response to his state's skyrocketing numbers, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week reinstated some restrictions on businesses, including closing bars.