MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The state of Florida is fast approaching one million COVID-19 cases.
The Florida Department of Health confirmed 6,659 additional cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state’s known total of cases to 999,319.
More than 2,700 of those are in Miami-Dade and Broward.
Texas and California are the only other states to top 1 million COVID-19 cases.
Florida’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 18,834.
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The state’s daily positivity rate on Monday was 7.41% and the two-week positivity rate was 8.40%.
Unlike in the spring and summer, officials have not adopted additional restrictions in Florida to prevent the virus from spreading.
COVID testing is expected to increase this week following the Thanksgiving holiday.
At Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale on Monday morning, there was about a half hour wait. They do a throat swab and send off your sample so results take a couple of days. There are no rapid tests at this location for people who traveled over the holiday.
CBS4 spoke to several people getting tested at Mills pond Park Monday .
Tyrone said he got a test because he may have been exposed to someone over the holiday.
David M. says it was his fourth time getting tested for work as the infection rates rise once more.
“I’m concerned but you do what you can to protect your family and stay positive,” he said.
If you did travel, health officials are recommending you stay isolated.
The testing line at Hard Rock Stadium had a 3-hour wait at times.
“We expect we will reach the 4,000 test mark,” said spokesman Mike Jachles.
Experts recommend you wait three to five days to get a COVID test after returning from travel since the virus may not show up right away .
The following sites offer same day rapid test results and the more conclusive PCR test which is sent to a lab and takes at least a couple of days for results:
- Hard Rock Stadium
- Miami Beach Convention Center
- Holiday Park in Ft Lauderdale
- Marlins Park
If you can wait for a result, other sites offering PCR only testing include:
- Mills Pond Park, Ft. Lauderdale
- Mitchell Moore Park, Pompano Beach
Many city web pages have current information on locations and hours of testing sites.