201 Floridians reported dead from COVID-19 Wednesday

Overall, 12,115 Floridians have died with the disease.

State health officials reported the deaths of 201 Floridians Wednesday morning tied to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

That’s more than the 165 deaths reported in the previous four days combined and the most deaths reported in a day since Aug. 18. Overall, 12,115 Floridians and 154 non-Floridians have died throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The largest share of those deaths, 21, occurred Monday, and 40 occurred outside the last 30 days.

Over the last seven days, the death toll has grown by an average of 88 residents per day, down from a peak of 185 daily in early August.

With the latest update, which includes findings made since Tuesday morning, 652,148 people, including 7,367 non-residents, have tested positive in the Sunshine State.

Between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning, the Department of Health received 2,056 positive results. For all-day Tuesday, DOH received 2,352 positive cases with a median age of 39, a drop from a recent high of 46 as schools and universities reopen but up from a median of 35 three days prior.

The fastest-growing age cohort for the virus is Floridians aged 15 to 24. Of those positive cases from Sunday, 412 — or 23% — of all positives came from that age group.

Throughout August, 14% of cases were aged 15 to 24. Through the first seven days of September, 25% of those testing positive fell in that age cohort.

The summer Sunbelt COVID-19 resurgence was precipitated by a surge in COVID-19 cases among younger Floridians. In June, Gov. Ron DeSantis pointed to a dramatic drop in the median age of positive cases from the 50s to the mid and low 30s.

Before the recent uptick, the share of new cases was roughly evenly distributed across those aged 15 to 64, spanning five age cohorts. The number of new cases aged 15 to 24 is now more than double that of the next-closest age cohort.

Outbreaks in schools will happen, but spread among low-risk children would do little to spread it to adults, Dr. Scott Atlas — a recent appointee to the White House Coronavirus Task Force — told reporters during a three-stop tour of Florida last week.

The week of July 5 saw 6,255 emergency department visits with flu-like illnesses and 15,999 for illnesses like COVID-19. Last week, those visits dropped to 1,841 and 3,290, respectively, for an eighth consecutive week of decline.

Overall, 40,517 Floridians have been hospitalized, an increase of 322 since Tuesday’s report. But the Agency for Health Care Administration reports that 3,073 people are currently hospitalized with the disease, down 81 from 24 hours earlier, and the lowest since the agency began reporting that metric.

In total, 4.8 million Floridians have been tested for COVID-19, as have 20,086 nonresidents in the state. On Tuesday, DOH received 44,063 test results.

The positivity rate Sunday rose from 4.9% to 5.9%. Over the last seven days, each day’s positivity rate has averaged 5.4%.

The state’s self-imposed target threshold is 10%, but some medical experts have pointed to 5% as when services like schools could start reopening.


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, consider 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 nonresidents 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


  • Harriet N BRINKER

    September 9, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    WOW! How is it that the Coronavirus C-19 is able to pin point exact age groups to infect such as ages 24-49 example? that alone is suspicious in itself trending to what people have been saying, is this a hoax? I am hearing also that is this related to which virus from the Lab made by man or the natural virus from the markets in China? I am hearing that experts have been saying that one difference between viruses is that this Coronavirus does not die, meaning the Host cells do not die like other known viruses there fore are the tests and research perhaps could further look into this information and perhaps consider a change in research? I don’t know but any bit of information could be looked at while research and treatment protocols are still at day one. The concerns in the community I hear is that if one is receiving an approved vaccine and there will be one but not ready yet according to recent reported data and that is fine, how about other risks such as clearance for the HIV due to reports from Mayo and Cleveland Clincs on line when ask is that the Window of infection could now be up to 6 months showing negative test results but in the long run really are positive in the end. Than what use of a vaccine is if one disease will be wiped out and another one takes it place. Perhaps I also hear which I can not understand those medical persons licensed and sworn into office are failing the population who have requested a prescription to take HCQ to protect them from the disease 100% not my words but Dr. Fauci in his report in 2005 can be found on line currently. Also if anyone would like references of experts who have sworn to tell the truth that the Coronavirus is actually man made and what labs in China and I believe NC in the US. Please let me know. There is at present many down falls and lots of community non trust of our experts, researchers and outcomes that will likely take a life time to reverse if possible at this time. Much fear mongering is attached to the day by day accounts of information at people have reported will not consider taking a vaccine especially when many including myself who have heard Bill Gates and wife describe their input into activities and control once the Vaccine is available on the market. That is leaving not only me but millions more chilling and not trusting points of promises at this time. or the near future.

  • Corbin Supak

    September 9, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    The quote from Dr Atlas is a lie. You cannot just quote Trump appointees, who are hired to lie, and leave it at that. What is the point of this publication?

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 10, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Blood on you duffus Desantis cause you have blindly followed the goptrump cult leader Trump! Lies lies and more lies just to distract from the danger of the trumpvirus for Trump ego!!!!! Stop panic is bs! Trump continued to have large groups drink Clorox and do not wear a mask binge tweets!

    • Harriet

      September 10, 2020 at 10:58 pm

      Thank you:
      Because you are dumb and not education about this virus that can happen to you and your family I refused to answer your statements.

    • J. A. Drake

      September 11, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      You should change your name to Sonja Exclamation Point!!! Your tinfoil hat must be getting too tight!!!

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704