Delayed COVID-19 update shows 2K new cases, 105 deaths

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Florida's coronavirus report was about six hours behind schedule Wednesday.

State health officials confirmed 2,145 additional COVID-19 cases and 105 deaths reported to the Department of Health since Tuesday’s update.

Wednesday’s update was several hours behind schedule after the department implemented an additional review process for fatalities “to ensure data integrity.”

Overall, 762,534 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Florida, including 9,689 nonresidents. And with the additional resident fatalities, 16,210 Floridians have died, as have 203 non-Floridians in the state.

The latest data update includes cases detailed between Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon. For all day Tuesday, officials counted 2,159 cases among residents, the median age of whom was 40, and 95 deaths that were newly-reported.

Of the 95 deaths confirmed Tuesday, a DOH press release detailed that 11 were more than 30 days old. Sixteen people tested positive at least two months before they died, and five people had tested positive at least three months before they died.

Six of the previous 14 days have seen percent positivity rates above 5%, including one day with an error that caused duplicate data. On Tuesday, the percent positivity rate was 6.7%, a second day of increase and the highest rate since Aug. 24.

The Governor’s Office has noticed a recent uptick in the number of new positives. Before the uptick in positivity rates, Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ communications director, Fred Piccolo, told Florida Politics that newly available rapid tests could be inspiring interest in testing. But he also acknowledged Phase Three and the full reopening of restaurants as probable factors driving an increase of cases.

The recent increase also comes after the state began initial talks on how low cases would need to go to drop the daily report’s frequency to weekly. Piccolo says there is no consensus yet and a decision is not imminent.

Some experts say a community should maintain rates below 5% for 14 days before reopening services like schools.

But DeSantis in past months has instead shifted the state’s focus away from the raw count and percent positivity rates. Instead, he has pointed to hospital visits with symptoms related to COVID-19 as his preferred metric.

Two weeks ago, the Department of Health reported its first week-over increase in hospital visits since the week of July 5, when visits peaked at 15,999. But hospital visits dropped from 4,912 that week to 4,181 last week.

Overall, 47,628 Floridians have been hospitalized, an increase of 276 since Tuesday’s report. The Agency for Health Care Administration reports that 2,125 people are currently hospitalized with the disease, a slight increase in active hospitalizations.

In total, 5.8 million Floridians have been tested for COVID-19, as have 22,476 non-residents in the state. DOH received 34,718 test results Tuesday.


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.

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