Florida reported 252 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours on Thursday, its third straight single-day record total of COVID-19 fatalities.
The state also reported 9,956 new cases, bringing its total to more than 461,000 infections and 6,709 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Florida’s ranks as the second-highest infection total in the nation, just behind California’s 473,785, according to CBS News.
Florida is the largest state in the country without some form of a statewide mask mandate.
Reuters reported Thursday that the Miami-area school district, the fourth-largest in the nation, will not immediately return students to classrooms when schools open for the academic year in a few week.
On Wednesday, five other states reported single-day fatality records for the virus: California, Idaho, North Carolina, Texas and South Dakota
Total U.S. deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 150,000 on Wednesday. Deaths related to the virus have risen for three weeks in a row, although week-to-week case numbers began to fall for the first time in June.