Sonia Barraza, of Lake Worth Beach, distributes food packs Tuesday at a drive-thru Feeding South Florida event at the Hatch 1121 Building in Lake Worth Beach. Dozens of cars queued on eastbound Lake Avenue to pick up groceries.

Almost seven months after it first reported coronavirus cases and deaths to the public on a daily basis, the Florida Department of Health on Saturday produced no report. 

While the daily updates produced by DOH — replete with charts showing hospital trends, positivity percentages and case numbers in all 67 Florida counties — typically post online by 11 a.m., the department offered no new information as of 5 p.m. Saturday.

Then it issued a press release. There would be no update Saturday, the first time since it began providing updates in mid-March that the state had failed to update its tracking of a disease that had killed more than 15,000 Floridians.

“Last night, the Department of Health received approximately 400,000 previously reported COVID-19 test results from Helix Laboratory — a private lab that is not affiliated with the state of Florida,” the agency wrote in a press release that directed calls to the spokesman for Gov. Ron DeSantis.  

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