Florida reports almost 17K new COVID-19 infections, 75K vaccinations and 188 deaths

The gap between positive tests and inoculations is slowly closing.

Nearly twice as many people in Florida have been infected with the coronavirus than have been inoculated with a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, but health officials are working to close that gap. The Florida Department of Health reported nearly 17,000 more infections and around 75,000 more vaccinations overnight.

A total of 1,548,067 as of Friday morning tested positive for COVID-19 in the state at some time since the first known case surfaced in Florida last March. That’s 16,875 more individuals entered into state databases since data was released Thursday. Included in the total are 28,123 out-of-state visitors tested here, with the remainder all being Florida residents.

A total of 24,169 have now died while positive for the disease in the state, including 188 deaths added to state totals as of Friday. That includes 23,799 state residents, as well as 370 individuals who live elsewhere but died while in the Sunshine State.

Hospitalizations sit at 67,463.

Positivity rates, after almost dipping back to the 10% line on Wednesday, jumped back up to 12.63% Thursday. The state reported some 167,428 new test results on Thursday, of which 24,200 came back positive for coronavirus.

But the state has started to steadily report more vaccinations each day than new infections. As of Friday, 849,317 people have been vaccinated in the state. That’s 74,549 more than were reported the prior day.

That includes 769,765 who received a first dose of one of the approved coronavirus vaccines. Another 79,552 have also received their booster, recommended two weeks after a first dose, and completed their recommended series for the vaccine.

A total of 508,223 of those vaccinations, nearly 60% of those reported, are over the age of 65. Gov. Ron DeSantis has defended a state policy of allowing all seniors to get the vaccine before essential workers, putting those age 65 and older as a priority behind only front line health care workers.

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 includes the previous day’s totals and 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.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at jacobogles@hotmail.com.


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