Florida halts COVID-19 testing as it prepares for hurricane



MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Isaias’ imminent arrival has forced the closure of some outdoor coronavirus testing sites in Florida, even as the state continues to tally record daily deaths. Hurricane watches and storm warnings are in effect in many areas of Florida’s east coast. The Florida Department of Health reported 257 new deaths from the coronavirus on Friday, a record high for the fourth day in a row. The number brings the average daily reported deaths over the past week to 171 per day. The state also added 9,000 new confirmed cases, raising the cumulative number to 470,000. 

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