Pandemic deaths in Florida climb past 33K
COVID-19 is deadlier this year than in 2020. Image via AP.

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The Department of Health reported an additional 102 deaths.

The total number of pandemic-related deaths in Florida has climbed past 33,000, according to the daily update from the Department of Health Tuesday.

The state added 102 new confirmed deaths to its total since Monday, bringing the human toll of the virus in the state to 33,061.

That includes 32,449 Florida residents, along with 612 individuals who live out of state but died here.

The state also reported 4,791 new COVID-19 cases overnight, bringing the state’s total to 1,984,425 cases since the first known cases in Florida surfaced last March.

The cases include 1,947,834 residents and 36,591 visitors who were tested while in the state.

Florida health officials added results from 96,878 new tests into its databases on Monday. Of those, 7,611 came back positive for COVID-19, about 7.86%. Health officials consider the spread of the virus to be under control when the positivity rate remains under 10%. That rate includes test results from already confirmed COVID-19 patients.

 A total of 4,338,099 individuals have received at least one dose of vaccine in the state, the state reported. That’s an increase of 85,849 from midday Monday to midday Tuesday.

A total of 110,532 of those individuals received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the latest vaccine to earn approval in the U.S.

Another 2,321,008 have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer of Moderna vaccines, which both require two shots.

The remaining 1,906,559 individuals received one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines and await a booster shot in coming weeks.

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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