Florida reports 4K new COVID-19 cases
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Close to 7.5 million shots have been administered.

State health officials reported nearly 4,000 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

daily update from the Department of Health shows the state has recorded 2,008,349 positive tests for individuals infected with the virus. That’s up 3,987 cases over a 24-hour period.

Officials reported Florida’s 2 millionth COVID-19 case in data released Saturday. The virus was first reported in the Sunshine State a little more than a year ago.

Sunday’s report caps off another stagnant week for the disease’s spread. Officials reported 32,378 new cases last week, slightly more than the 31,894 reported at the same time last week. The week prior, officials reported 35,058 new cases.

The report shows that 1,971,271 residents have tested positive, as have 37,078 nonresidents in the state.

The report also includes news of 32 deaths with confirmed ties to the virus. Of the now 33,369 pandemic-related deaths in the state, 32,742 were Florida residents and 627 were not.

Another 65 Floridians were hospitalized for a total of 83,446. According to the Agency for Health Care Administration, 2,823 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Meanwhile, hospital visits for people with illnesses like COVID-19 remains on the decline.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday evening separately reported an uptick in mutated virus strains in Florida cases. Florida continues to report the highest number of infections of the B.1.1.7 variant first discovered in the U.K., with 882 of the 5,567 known cases nationwide occurring in the Sunshine State.

Florida also has detected 21 of 48 known cases of the P.1 strain that first surfaced in Brazil, far more than any other state.

Less prevalent here, there have been nine known cases of the B.1.351 strain, first seen in South Africa, out of 180 known cases nationwide.

According to DOH’s report for Sunday, officials added 76,260 test results to its database on Saturday, of which 6,353 came back positive for COVID-19. That’s 8.33% of all tests, with the positivity rate for just new cases among Florida residents coming in at 6.23%. Health officials consider the spread of the virus contained as long as positivity rates stay below 10%.

Florida officials also report that close to 7.5 million doses of vaccine have been administered, an increase of 125,807 since Saturday. That means 4,911,786 individuals have received at least one shot of the three approved vaccines on that market.

Of those, 149,864 individuals received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Another 2,563,384 have completed a two-dose regimen of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, while 2,198,538 have received one shot of those vaccines but await a booster.

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.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


2 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    March 22, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Compared my zip code with relatives in nc Pennsylvania and Tennessee! We are losers. NC and Pennsylvania had 0 deaths 0 new cases in a day. about 7%. Florida we are 10%. And Tennessee was 14%.

  • ketamine austin

    March 23, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Hello! Thank you for keeping us posted. I remember texting about Florida one month ago. I saw the carefree people on the beach and in bars. They were not socially distancing nor wearing masks. They acted unconcerned. They said when my time comes it comes or I believe that I am protected by the blood of Jesus. My answer is father protect them they do not what they speak. That describes Florida in a nutshell. So I hope sooner or later folks of Florida will realize it.

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