Florida adds nearly 7K COVID-19 cases, 73 deaths Friday

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More than 870K people have tested positive in the Sunshine State.

State health officials have confirmed 6,933 new COVID-19 cases, the largest jump in coronavirus infections since August.

With the Department of Health’s updates released Friday, officials have made 870,552 diagnoses Florida, including in 11,967 nonresidents. Since Thursday’s report, 73 more Floridians died with the disease, raising the death toll among residents to 17,445. Another nonresident died, raising the count of those from out of state who died in Florida to 214.

The latest data includes cases detailed between Thursday morning and Friday morning. For all day Thursday, DOH counted 6,787 cases from 94,776 residents tested. Among the new positives, the median age was 39.

For 15 days straight, the positivity rate has topped 5%, marking an increase in the rate of infections. Thursday’s 8% rate was a slight increase from 7.3% the day prior.

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

For weeks, the Governor’s Office has acknowledged an uptick in the number of new positives, but Gov. Ron DeSantis has emphasized that Florida will keep its reopening course. Before the uptick in positivity rates, the Governor’s 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 in cases.

Notably, COVID-19 cases and deaths reported by state health officials can sometimes be reported days or weeks later.

New cases have increased across the country, particularly in the Midwest, and the nation has seen record-setting days for new infections.

Meanwhile, the White House and President Donald Trump‘s inner circle faces a second COVID-19 outbreak some speculate is tied to his Election Night celebration from Tuesday. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was the first prominent official to test positive, and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson has also tested positive, according to reports Monday.

In Florida, DeSantis has for months shifted the state’s data focus away from the raw count and percent positivity rates, instead, pointing to hospital visits with symptoms related to COVID-19 as his preferred metric.

After peaking at 15,999 coronavirus-related hospitalizations the week of July 5, DOH reported that hospitalizations were in decline. But three of the last five weeks have seen week-over increases in the number of cases, the first since the first half of July.

As of Thursday, 51,542 Floridians have been hospitalized after DOH recorded 270 new hospitalizations. The Agency for Health Care Administration reports that 3,125 people are currently hospitalized with the disease, an increase of 67 in the last 24 hours. On Tuesday, active hospitalizations crossed 3,000 for the first time since September.


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


  • Sonja Fitch

    November 13, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Hey Nazi Desantis your community spreaders are doing you a fine job of killing Floridians for herd immunity! Where is that Lamb guy you hired to lie and lie and lie about the trumpvirus cases! Hospitalizations are Up! Median age 39. Next come the DEATHS! Resign Desantis! Shut down the schools!!!!’

  • BlueHeron

    November 13, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Florida law will not allow for a recall and there’s a snowballs chance in hell that our legislature would even consider impeachment.
    For those who are still alive or not too sick to vote…

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