Florida reports more than 32,000 residents dead from pandemic
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The Health Department reported 96 new deaths overnight.

The Department of Health reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 infections overnight as deaths for Florida residents climbed past 32,000.

A daily report on the pandemic showed total positive tests since the virus surfaced in Florida in March last year have climbed to 1,962,651. That total shows an added 5,065 since numbers were published on Wednesday.

The state tally includes 1,926,494 Florida residents, as well as 36,157 out-of-state residents who received their tests here.

It also includes 32,639 who died from coronavirus-related causes, including 32,040 Florida residents and 599 who lived elsewhere but died here. The total represented an increase of 96 deaths not included in the prior day’s report.

But the positivity rate for tests remains relatively low. On Wednesday, 120,566 test results were input into state databases; 7,848 were positive tests, or 6.51%. For only new cases among Florida residents, the rate was just 5%. Health officials consider the spread of the virus under control when positivity rates remain below 10%.

On the vaccine front, a total of 3,895,656 individuals have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines currently available.

That includes 2,093,464 who completed a two-shot regimen of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and 36,083 who took the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Another 1,766,109 individuals have received only one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and await a booster shot.

The vast majority of individuals — 2,789,789 of them — who received shots were in the 65 and older age group. Others eligible for the shot include teachers, firefighters and police officers and those who are extremely vulnerable due to a pre-existing medical condition.

There’s been no update on variant strains, with Florida at last update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the site of 689 cases of the B.1.135 strain, 5 instances of the P.1 variant and 1 case of the B.1.135 mutation.

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 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 [email protected]


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