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Florida crosses 7K dead residents after 179 COVID-19 fatalities reported

Saturday also brought 9,642 new diagnoses.

State health officials reported a slight reprieve in the rising death toll after confirming the deaths of 179 residents Saturday. But a week ago, that would have been a daily record.

This week, Florida tallied four straight days of record-setting daily death tolls. The streak carried through Friday, when the Department of Health (DOH) reported 257 dead residents.

Florida is now five months from when officials first reported COVID-19 diagnoses on March 1. But this week has been the deadliest week of the pandemic, with 1,245 fatalities.

In no week prior has DOH reported 1,000 deaths. In total, 7,022 Floridians have died with COVID-19, as have 122 non-residents in the state.

But while the high mortality continues, the testing positivity rate has tracked downward, a trend Gov. Ron DeSantis has stressed in recent weeks.

Between Friday morning and Saturday morning, DOH confirmed 9,642 new cases among Florida residents and non-residents, putting the entire week below 10,000 daily diagnoses. For all day Friday, the state confirmed cases in 9,658 residents.

In total, 480,028 people, including 5,407 non-residents, have tested positive in Florida. Only California, with more than half a million cases, has had more diagnoses.

The percent positivity rate rose slightly to 11.8%, but helped drive down the seven-day testing average to 11.4%. That’s down from the more than 15% of people that were testing positive at the start of July, but still above the state’s 10% goal and above the 3% that were testing positive in the second half of May.

Another 439 Floridians were hospitalized with COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, 26,972 Floridians have been hospitalized.

The Agency for Health Care Administration reports 8,249 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, a decrease of 170 in the last 24 hours.

Nearly 3.7 million individuals have been tested for COVID-19. That includes more than 100,000 who were tested Friday.

Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the highest ranking state official to do so. He and Deputy Secretary Ricky Dixon tested positive after Inch recently returned from Columbia Correctional Institution, a North Florida prison where 1,300 inmates and 72 corrections workers have tested positive for the virus, according to a press release issued by corrections officials.


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.

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  1. Joe Fatala

    August 1, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    What the heck is going on in Florida! Record numbers of people dead! Record cases of Covid! Positivity rate three times what it was! Hospitals overrun with patients! And with this disaster as a background the Sociopath in Chief in the White house stops by to do kissy kissy with the perpetrator of this pandemic disaster – of course not wearing masks or maintaining safe distances – as they both ignore the reality in front of them. You can bet that ALL they both care about is themselves and no one else. As long as Floridians are complacent and don’t push back against moronic policies, you can expect things to get MUCH worse. It’s hurricane season now and will soon be “flu season”. Expect the pandemic numbers to skyrocket when that happens. Understand that unless there’s a sea change in actions to curb the pandemic in Florida and America some of you who are reading this will be dead before the year is over. DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. DisplacedCTYankee

    August 1, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    They aren’t dead. They have transitioned into the loving arms of Jeebus. Thanks, Donald.

    • Sonja Fitch

      August 1, 2020 at 2:57 pm

      Florida has hit the 1/2 million positives! Duffus Desantis is going to con tinue to lie and get folks killed. Vote these damn goptrump death cult idiots out! Vote Blue for you and me!

  3. Ron Warburton

    August 1, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    They should report the fact that not one healthy person has died from the Covid-19 virus.

    • Joe Fatala

      August 1, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Ok…….so here’s how it works. You’re “healthy”. You get Covid. You recover…..or you DIE. Ask Herman Cain. Ohwait, I forgot you can’t. HE’S DEAD…………but maybe not….You know what a joker ol’ Herm was. Always goin’ around sayin’ “Hey, I’m Herman Cain and I’m healthy and I’m dead from Covid.” So I guess maybe he’s on vacation or somethin’ cuz he hasn’t been around for a while. Maybe he’s just hangin’ out with Elvis. Yup I’ll bet that’s what he’s doin’. And you can expect him to just pop up somewhere sayin “HAHAHAHAHA I fooled you!!!” Yeah I guess that must be it. But I think he’ll have a hard time diggin’ out from that casket and under all that dirt.

  4. Frank Mirabella

    August 2, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Pay Attention Folks!! The Positivity Rate has fallen below 10% To 9.3%. NOW, THAT’S A BIG DEAL!!!

    • joe fatala

      August 2, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      OMG that’s GREAT…………..Or mebbe not…………………Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez described his experience with covid-19 as feeling “like I was 100 years old.” Now, the 27-year-old left-hander will miss the 2020 season while recovering from a heart issue related to the illness.

      Rodriguez, who tested positive for the coronavirus July 7, was ready to return July 18, but, five days later, an MRI revealed what turned out to be myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that has been shown to be a complication of a virus that can affect the kidneys and heart as well as the lungs.

      Goood thing he was “Young” and “Healthy”. So pay attention, all you 9.3%rs. You could be next!!!!!!!!!!!! What a great way to screw up your life, if you get the have one.

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