Florida could reach 1 million COVID-19 cases as soon as this week.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Health confirmed 6,277 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the state’s known total of cases to 985,297.

The state also confirmed 81 new deaths on Saturday, bring Florida’s total during the pandemic to 18,442.

Because of the Thanksgiving Day holiday the state didn’t report numbers on Thursday, opting instead to provide a two-day tally of 17,344 on Friday evening. Many testing sites were closed for the holiday.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 continued to rise on Saturday morning, with 3,860 confirmed cases in hospitals. That number has steadily risen since October after plateauing at around 2,000 hospitalizations daily for weeks following the summer surge of the virus.

Unlike in the spring and summer, officials have not adopted additional restrictions in Florida to prevent the virus from spreading.

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