Weekly COVID-19 deaths in Florida now 10 times what was seen in early July
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The CDC reports 44,553 Floridians have died of COVID-19, up 1,837 in a week.

The number of COVID-19 deaths Florida reported over seven days through Sunday is more than ten times higher than what the state had reported in a single week as recently as early July.

Late Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its latest COVID-19 information to show that Florida had reported 1,837 additional COVID-19 fatalities over seven days through Sunday, according to the federal government’s “cumulative deaths” total.

That means Florida averaged 262 additional COVID-19 deaths per day over the previous week.

The one-week total of new deaths shows how swiftly and tragically the delta-variant-fueled summer surge has turned deadly in Florida in recent weeks.

On July 12, the federal government’s reports revealed only 172 deaths in Florida during the previous seven days, for an average of 25 per day.

As of Sunday, 44,553 Floridians have died of COVID-19, according to CDC data compiled from Florida’s reports.

On Tuesday the Governor’s Office continued to bicker with some journalists about how the state does or should report COVID-19 deaths on a weekly basis, particularly regarding a Miami Herald story that also reported the 1,837 deaths for the most recent seven-day period tallied by the CDC.

The Herald raised questions about another set of data the CDC presents from Florida’s reporting to federal officials, which the CDC labels, “Deaths last 7 days” in its COVID-19 Community Profile Reports. The Herald questioned why Florida recently changed its process for reporting that data, creating what the Herald contended looked like “an artificial decline” in deaths in Florida.

Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ Press Secretary, Christina Pushaw, responded on Twitter that the data in that column offers “the most accurate and precise way to report deaths” by date of death. She called the Herald report, “incredibly dishonest framing.”

Regardless, the data in that particular column is of little use to anyone seeking any measure of COVID-19 deaths in Florida, and hasn’t been since the numbers in that column started diverging from cumulative totals in June.

The CDC’s “Deaths last 7 days” column  — just like the “Deaths previous week” column found in reports that Florida publishes every Friday — now only includes deaths that occurred during the most recent week that were also reported during the same week.

COVID-19 deaths usually are not reported during the same week they occur, because of routine bureaucratic delays. Yet the “Deaths last 7 days” or the “Deaths pervious week” columns aren’t updated after the full set of death reports has finally come together for a given week.

Nonetheless, those tardy death reports are tabulated, as they arrive, in the cumulative deaths column that both the CDC and the Florida Department of Health maintain in their respective reports.

Regardless of whether deaths occurred in the previous week, or days or weeks earlier, they show real cases of Floridians dying of COVID-19.

The run-up of the cumulative deaths provided in the CDC reports posted each Monday for Florida shows how staggeringly quickly and high the death toll has climbed in the Sunshine State this summer:

— On July 12, Florida’s cumulative COVID-19 deaths increased by 172 newly-reported fatalities, compared with the previous Monday’s report, posted July 5, for a pandemic-long total of 38,157.

— On July 19, the cumulative deaths increased by 238 over July 12, for a total of 38,395.

— On July 26, the cumulative deaths increased by 275 over July 19, for a total of 38,670.

— On Aug. 2, the cumulative deaths increased by 409 over July 26, for a total of 39,079.

— On Aug. 9, the cumulative deaths increased by 855 over Aug. 2, for a total of 39,934.

— On Aug. 16, the cumulative deaths increased by 1,189 over Aug. 9, for a total of 41,123.

— On Aug. 23, the cumulative deaths increased by 1,593 over Aug. 16, for a total of 42,716.

— And on Monday, the cumulative deaths increased by 1,837, over Aug. 23, for a total of 44,553.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


7 comments

  • Alex

    August 31, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Delta is killing Floridians at an unimaginable rate.

    DeSantis only cares about turning America into a far right fascist utopia.

    • Walter Silvio

      September 10, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      He’s more interested in becoming another Trumpy want to be , he’s not interested in the people of Florida! Our kids are dieing yet he don’t want them to wear mask in schools!

  • PeterH

    August 31, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    RON DESANTIS CULTURE WARS ADD NOTHING TO OUR ENJOYMENT OR PARTICIPATION IN THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

     Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been untouchable for the past year as he commanded the Republican culture wars to become heir apparent to Donald Trump. The latest coronavirus surge is starting to change that.
    Covid infection rates continue to climb as the state faces shortages of health care staff, morgue space and even oxygen for patients. About 16,000 people are hospitalized. 14 temporary refrigerated morgues are arriving to handle the ever accumulation of dead bodies. Crematoriums can’t dispose of Covid bodies fast enough.
    Child infection rates have shot up. School districts — even in Republican strongholds — have rebelled against DeSantis’ anti-mask mandates. And cruise lines are resisting DeSantis’ vaccine passport ban. Even his recent poll numbers are slipping.

    Personally…..I will never vote for Ron DeSantis again. I was hoodwinked by his initial interest in environmental issues concerning the Everglades …. but his symbiotic connection to the ignorant insipid policies of Donald Trump have ended my attraction in anything or anyone Republican. I’m done with today’s Republican Party. The GQP needs to be destroyed….. so it can be rebuilt.

    • Jmjusa

      August 31, 2021 at 7:32 pm

      Your trump-desantis derangement syndrome vaccine is available via your demon-rat ag minister office… Of course, it’s free!! It’s demon-rat sponsored

  • Jmjusa

    August 31, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Registered Nurse Mother Calls Out School Board After They Brought Back Mask Mandates..

    Of course, FP won’t cover this, it breaks the demon-rat narrative of the poison pen bois N trans

  • sally Radlauer

    August 31, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Everything DeSantis does is controlled by TFG especially his COVID-19 policy. And TFG doesn’t share the stage with anyone, just ask Steve Bannon. No honor among thieves

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 1, 2021 at 5:34 am

    Disappointed in Duffus Desantis! This pathetic white man is willingly slaughtering Floridians and our children! A broke clock is right twice a day. Duffus Desantis is making death decisions for Floridians and our children every day. Lock up this damn premeditated killer Duffus Desantis!

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