Florida reaches 7 million vaccinated, adds another 6K COVID-19 cases

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Florida also leads the country in the number of variants reported. 

The Sunshine State has officially vaccinated 7,103,884 individuals, according to the latest dataset released Saturday by the Florida Department of Health.

The state technically crossed the milestone Thursday, but because of a reporting lag, the numbers were only reflected in the most recent report. Although the state originally reported 131,879 individuals vaccinated on Thursday, the latest data reported the vaccination of 233,455 individuals.

On Friday, the state administered 125,247 vaccinations.

So far, 4,320,977 people have been fully vaccinated, including 431,183 who have received the one-and-done Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The remaining 2,782,907 individuals are awaiting a second vaccine to complete the Pfizer or Moderna two-shot series.

Despite having vaccinated about 33% of the state’s population, Florida is still seeing high daily caseloads.

On Friday, the state confirmed 6,817 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 50 new deaths and 188 additional hospitalizations.

Since the start of the pandemic, Florida has reported 2,118,713 cases of COVID-19, along with 34,676 resulting deaths, made up of 34,014 residents and 662 non-residents.

Florida on Friday processed results for 117,620 COVID-19 tests. Of those tests, 10,043 came back positive, or 8.54%.

Health officials generally consider the spread of the disease under control so long as positivity rates remain below 10%. The threshold has been exceeded twice in the past two weeks, both on Sundays when a relatively low number of tests were processed.

Florida also leads the country in the number of variants reported.

As of Thursday evening, Florida has 3,494 cases of the B.1.1.7 strain, 87 cases of the P.1 mutation and 25 instances of the B.1.351 variant, according to the Centers for Disease Control variant dashboard.

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.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


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