120 deaths put Florida over 4K COVID-19 fatalities

Coronavirus warning sign on the fence against flag of Florida. Quarantine related 3D rendering
Thursday brought 9K new cases as well.

State health officials confirmed 120 deaths due to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, putting the state’s death toll at 4,009 as of Thursday morning.

That shatters the single report death toll record set May 5, when 72 Floridians died. Over the prior week, the state had averaged 48 new fatalities reported per day.

However, those people didn’t all die in the last day. Coroners may still be tying deaths from days or weeks ago to COVID-19.

The Department of Health and the Division of Emergency Management still show 102 non-resident deaths in the state, no change from Wednesday’s report.

The Thursday update also shows 232,718 total diagnoses in Florida, an increase of 8,935 positive cases in the last 24 hours. That marks another day of several thousand new instances of the virus while the pandemic is on the decline in some of the country’s former hot spots.

An additional 333 residents were hospitalized, raising the count during the pandemic to 16,758.

The 8,935 new cases cover residents and non-residents Wednesday morning to Thursday morning. For Wednesday only, the state found 8,948 newly positive residents.

Of the new cases among residents Wednesday, the median age was 38, a slight decline from the median of 40 reported for two days prior.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has pointed to the median age metric to show that the state is keeping at-risk demographics safe. But after plummeting from the 50s to the mid to early 30s last month, the metric has been on the rise again over the past two weeks.

Wednesday’s percent positivity rate, among all people who had not previously tested positive, was a record 18.4%. Over the past week, that has averaged 14.3%.

Officials have tested 2.4 million people, more than a tenth of the state’s population, including 51,700 individuals Thursday. The department counted 85,076 new tests Friday, the most in a single day.

Florida crossed 200,000 overall cases Sunday. It took the Sunshine State 114 days to record its first 100,000 COVID-19 cases between March 1 and June 22. It took 13 days to record the second 100,000.

With 186 fewer people in adult ICUs at the time of publication compared to Wednesday morning, 5,129 of the state’s 6,012 adult ICU beds are filled, leaving 14.7% available. Data from the Agency for Health Care Administration shows 46 hospitals have reached their adult ICU capacity.

While South Florida remains the largest hot spot, cases are also growing in Central Florida, Southwest Florida and the Jacksonville area.


Editor’s note on methodology: The Florida Department of Health releases new data every morning around 10:45 a.m. The total number reported in those daily reports include the previous day’s totals as well as the most up to date data as of about 9:30 a.m.

Florida Politics uses the report-over-report increase to document the number of new cases each day because it represents the most up-to-date data available. Some of the more specific data, including positivity rates and demographics, considers a different data set that includes only cases reported the previous day.

This is important to note because the DOH report lists different daily totals than our methodology to show day-over-day trends. Their numbers do not include non-residents who tested positive in the state and they only include single-day data, therefore some data in the DOH report may appear lower than what we report.

Our methodology was established based on careful consideration among our editorial staff to capture both the most recent and accurate trends.

Staff Reports


  • Sonja Fitch

    July 9, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Oh sweet Jesus stop the deranged incompetent duffus Desantis ! Hospitals full! Community spread is running rampant! Cockroach Corcoran wants to finish it off with a sick sociopath demand on our children! Looting Lenny is still trying to salvage his disaster of the RNC! White boys you following the Putin loving scum traitor trump to hell !

  • jon

    July 9, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    big deal… mortality rate is low. We know what’s going on here. Just more the stop TRUMP bullshit!

    • BlueHeron

      July 9, 2020 at 11:18 pm

      While one death is too many, it is NOT just about how many people have died.
      Double digit % positive tests means community spread. That means anyone WITHOUT A MASK could be perfectly well but still be spreading it. Some of those folks will get sick, never knowing where it came from. It means that people who are sick are just going about their day and not getting tested.
      The lack of open hospital beds indicates more and more people are getting sick. Very sick. Some sick enough for the ICU where chances of survival are low. SIX months into this and, STILL, there aren’t enough tests for people. Hospitals are once again begging for beds, staff, PPE,lifesaving equipment, etc… As we are in month six with this virus, much has been learned about treatments and so that is helping to keep mortality lower than it was in the beginning but treatments are not effective for all.
      This used to kill only “old” people and, over time, it is hitting younger and younger people as well. They may not get as sick as others, but many are getting sick in addition to those they have infected. Some are dying as well.
      Florida lost an 11 yo child yesterday. Not the only lost child, but the youngest one at this point. Children are not immune. Since there hasn’t been school and the kids are largely isolated, what is going to happen when the schools open and they are exposed to everything and everyone?

      On Sunday, July 5, we crossed over 200K cases. Up 100K in about 3 weeks. It is Thursday, July 9 and the positive cases are recorded at 243,168. Almost 45k new cases in 4-5 days.

      This is 100% out of control. The horse has left the barn. What now?
      You know, it didn’t have to be this way.
      But, you don’t care, do you? No big deal.

      You want to talk politics? Trump DID NOT create this virus but his complete and disturbing inability to jump on this in January and February is why we are where we are now as a country.He had the awesome power of the Presidency and he didn’t use it for good. He has the lives of well over 200k people (and counting) on his head. Trump says it’s “under control” and moves on to whine about statues or some other irrelevant bs thing. He is, and has always has been, not fit for crisis situations. Not fit for anything really.
      Moving down into the state level. From day one, DeSantis also did not take this as seriously as he should have. Just like Texas, Georgia, Arizona and others, he listened to Trump when all he wanted was to open, open, open.
      So, although we closed late and didn’t put the proper things in place needed to tamp COVID down, he grew bored so he switched gears back to open, open, open. Decisions driven in large part by economic “interests”. To hell with public health and the lives of tens of thousands of Floridians. DeSantis also essentially says it’s under control and that these record high #’s we are seeing are just a “blip”. Nothing to see here. In your words …big deal.

      COVID doesn’t give a shit who you are, who you vote for, how old you are, if you pray, how much money you have, whether you are smart or a dumbass. It does not care.

      Not enough dead bodies for you? Just wait 1-3 weeks and you’ll see more dead bodies and tens of thousands more positive cases and more illness. It will go on an on and on and on.

      No need any longer for there to be a concerted effort to stop Trump. He’s doing a great job all by himself and will pay dearly in November. Then, he will be the loser he has always feared.

      A heartless and morally bankrupt beast that just had to bring down millions of Americans with him.
      COVID unchecked>epic levels of unemployment>horrific economy= crickets from Trump
      I am tired of all of this winning. How about you?

      Don’t bother responding. I could write it for you.

      Sincerely, an “always wearing a mask commie-sheep”

  • martin

    July 10, 2020 at 7:52 am

    If you head over to the CDC website, you can spend a minute to look at the overall data.

    I will paste it here for convenience.


    Last year, we averaged 8k deaths per day. Putting us at just over 2.9 million deaths for the year

    This year, we are averaging 8k deaths per day, putting us on path to have just over 2.9 million deaths per year.

    So the media can use terms like ‘skyrocketing’ deaths, and ‘New Highs’ etc etc.

    But, the truth is actually right there for you to to see.

    We will have the same number of deaths with or without the ‘Pandemic’

    Those are facts. If you would like to refute the facts, please post official sources.

  • martin

    July 10, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Frank3 hours ago
    Politics is the root of the entire COVID-19 pandemic panic. In Jan & Feb, it wasn’t a big deal with the media. When Joe Biden became the “presumptive nominee”, they realized he’d do terribly head-to-head in debates & campaigning. So, the media & Dem govs focused on COVID-19 as a distraction. The key in this article & the ongoing stats is the # of deaths. Five months and 132,000 (which includes non-COVID-19 deaths as admitted by at least NYC public health dept.) The % is the key – less than 1% of Americans infected (many recent ones based on anti-body testing, not actual active virus). Deaths per US pop = .04%. Stories of ‘swamped’ ICUs were tried in March & April, but insider nurses & docs said ICUs weren’t even at normal volume because people with other conditions were avoiding hospitals for fear of COVID-19. Republicans had to enter the game or risk looking insensitive. Republican govs know the death tolls aren’t rising which is the real issue – not ‘positive’ results from anti-body testing the press harps on. We need to get back to a normal life & live with medical risk like mankind has done throughout the ages. This is not the plague or any of the real high death rate diseases. We need to get real and move on.

    • BlueHeron

      July 10, 2020 at 11:01 pm

      I understand your deep frustration, anger, confusing messages. We have COVID fatigue and massive unemployment. This is not something that has never been seen. While we can be very thankful that is not the “plague”, COVID is real and not something to brush off.
      I think it would be helpful for you to gather the data you claim proves that this is no big deal and provide it to us. The “data” you have shared, while somewhat incoherent, needs to be looked at again and tweaked if necessary. Please do not compare this to the flu. Spanish flu, sure. But not the flu we see at varying intensities each year.

      One thing is for sure. It is unacceptable to say no big deal.
      “We need to get real and move on.” Is that the same as POTUS and VPOTUS saying we should “just live with it”?

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