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Dr. Rajiv Bahl, an emergency medicine physician in Orlando Florida said that they are seeing an uptick in coronavirus patients in Central Florida hospitals. (June 26) AP Domestic

Several counties in South Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe (home to the Florida Keys) are closing their beaches for the July 4th holiday weekend as part of a statewide effort to get control over the state’s spiking COVID-19 infection rate.

The Florida Department of Health reported 5,266 new confirmed cases of COVID Monday, the sixth consecutive day in which at least 5,000 new cases have been announced, and 28 more deaths, , part of the USA TODAY network.

The state now has more than 146,000

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