State health officials tied 98 fatalities to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 4,301 as the state closes out a week of record-setting mortality.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported 95 dead residents Saturday morning as well as three non-Floridians who died in the state. With the update, 4,197 residents have died and 104 non-residents have died in the state. Initially, the report indicated 188 new resident deaths, but that was updated minutes later.
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.
And with three days of a rise in mortality, the rising deaths may be more than a reporting quirk or a backlog getting filled in.
Together with the high number of deaths is 10,360 new cases reported since Friday morning. In total, state health officials have diagnosed 254,511 individuals, including 250,984 Floridians.
The count of new cases falls below the single-report record of 11,458 set on the Fourth of July. But officials have reported more cases this week than ever before.
The 10,360 new cases were confirmed between Friday morning and Saturday morning. For Friday only, the state found 10,383 newly positive residents.
Among the Friday cases, the median age was 40 for a second day in a row. Gov. Ron DeSantis has pointed to that metric to highlight that there has been little rise.
“We obviously are working hard to minimize the morbidity and mortality associated with this virus. If you look at what we’ve done with our long-term care facilities, I think had we not done what we’ve done, you would have had thousands of more fatalities in our longterm care facilities. Certainly, if we would have put the contagious patients back in there, it would’ve just been a disaster like you’ve seen in some of these other states.
“We want to limit as much as we can, reduce mortality, morbidity. I think, if you look at the numbers, the 65 and the longterm care, that is overwhelmingly where we’re finding the
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.