243 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths reported on Thursday and Friday

Florida reports uptick in daily COVID-19 cases

1,704 new COVID-19 cases reported in Minnesota Saturday

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As of midnight Friday, October 16, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been notified of 1,276 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest single day figure since the pandemic began.

There was also one non-COVID-19 related death.

There was no immediate explanation for the rising numbers. The update said the weekly total is 28 cases including 27 with positive test results and 1 that is presumptive.

NPHET has urged a nationwide move to Level Five of the government's national plan to control for the outbreak for six weeks.

The rise comes as Florida prepares to open its polls Monday for early voting ahead of the November 3 presidential election. That's up from 3.82% the previous day.

Cases and testing are counted by zip code.

Of the cases newly reported Saturday, 22 were reported as probable cases. It was the sixth time in the last 10 days that a new daily record had been set.

The Illinois Department of Public Health will monitor if these indicators show an increase in COVID-19 disease burden with a simultaneous decrease in hospital capacity or if there are three consecutive days greater than or equal to 8% test positivity rate (7 day rolling).

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