Florida suffers another new weekly COVID-19 death record
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There is good news, as the weekly new case total continues to decline.

While Florida’s summer surge of COVID-19 cases steadily declines, the state continues to suffer more of the saddest toll in the pandemic, with another record number of newly reported deaths.

On Friday, the Florida Department of Health released its latest COVID-19 Weekly Situation report showing an increase of 2,468 deaths in the state’s running tally of COVID-19 fatalities since the week before. That’s the most Florida has ever recorded during a seven-day period throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest state report also showed 75,998 newly reported COVID-19 cases during the most recent week, which actually is tallied through Thursday. That’s the lowest tabulation of new cases the Sunshine State has seen since late July.

Despite a dubious social media post claiming otherwise, which was retweeted by the Executive Office of Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday, Florida’s COVID-19 death toll has risen every week since early July.

Friday’s state report marks the fifth consecutive time state officials tabulated a record number of additional COVID-19 deaths during a seven-day period.

Friday’s new record weekly total through Thursday followed the record 2,448 deaths added to the state’s toll during the seven days reported on Sept. 10; 2,345 reported Sept. 3; 1,727 reported  Aug. 27; and 1,486 reported Aug. 20.

Each state report updates data received from the previous Friday through Thursday. Because of delays in determining causes of death, in forwarding reports to the state, and state review of the deaths, COVID-19 fatalities do not necessarily occur during the same week the state records them. In fact, most represent Floridians who died during the previous week or earlier. Yet the state’s running cumulative deaths are the clearest representation of how many Floridians are dying from the virus.

Before August, the worst week Florida ever saw for newly- eported COVID-19 deaths was back in January, when Florida was still issuing daily reports. During the seven days reported through Friday, Jan. 29, Florida tabulated 1,296 new COVID-19 deaths.

The state’s weekly report also confirmed Florida has surpassed 50,000 total deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, a mark reported Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the state’s latest tally, Florida has suffered 51,240 COVID-19 deaths since March, 2020.

The CDC also reports COVID-19 data for Florida, but its comprehensive reports run a day behind Florida’s weekly reports. Also, the CDC appears to tabulate cases slightly differently than Florida. Yet the federal data allow for state-to-state comparisons.

According to CDC’s data, covering reports received through Wednesday, Florida’s 2,538 COVID-19 deaths tabulated over the seven most recent days were the most for any state in the country, followed by 2,084 reported over the same seven days in Texas, and 945 in California.

Florida’s per-capita death rate also was the highest in the country. Florida reported 11.8 new deaths per 100,000 residents during the week. South Carolina was close behind, at 11.6 deaths per 100,000 people for the week, followed by Mississippi, which reported 9.9 new COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 residents.

While the Sunshine State’s death toll continues to soar, there is strong reason to hope a good change is coming. COVID-19 deaths typically rise and fall in a pattern that follows two to four weeks behind a state’s case tallies.

The state’s caseload continued to decline for the third consecutive week, according to Friday’s report.

In fact, the 75,998 new cases added to Florida’s running caseload during most recent week gave Florida its first weekly new case total below 100,000 in eight weeks.

Florida had peaked around 150,000 new cases per week for three weeks running in late August, by far the most the Sunshine State had suffered in the 19-month pandemic. The last time Florida reported a lower weekly total of new cases was with the July 23 report, which recorded 73,166 more cases.

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]


6 comments

  • Alex

    September 17, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    And our Governor is doing everything he possibly can to raise the body count.

    Including kids.

  • TJC

    September 17, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    So, Florida is on track to have more Covid-19 deaths than those lives lost in the Vietnam war, and so many people don’t give a damn. Watch the TrumpSuckers and DeSantisSuckers line up here to challenge the facts. The Governor’s office is leading the way.

  • Tom

    September 17, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    You dumb ass idiot liberal Demmy a dolts.
    DeSantis is not responsible for any death or illness. You liberal pueks don’t get to decide anything.

    Why don’t you ever defend your Alzie POTUS?
    How bout his debacle surrender and incompetence leaving thousands of Americans & allies behind in Afghanistan? Sell out.,
    How about his surrender and at the border allowing over 2 million illegals in. We don’t have sovereignty anymore.
    How about the 6% inflation earnings, crushing salary increase.
    Gas $1.50 more a gallon.
    This country is in a down ward spiral thanks to the Alzheimer’s guy. Where’s the incompetent vice ?

    The FDA voted dosn the booster LMAO

    What a joke,
    DeSantis, America’s Gov wins you re-elect you fools. Repubs are basically at parity now with Dons, it’s devastating. Dems use go have a million more advantage. Hard registration.
    Your going to get ass kicked.
    POTUS has lost 15 pts in approval. He’s at 38% approval. Wah wah

  • Edward Lyle

    September 18, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Everybody dies from Covid… there is no other cause of death in this country now… try to keep up.

    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FLU?

    • Professor Emeritus

      September 20, 2021 at 5:55 am

      Influenza is seasonal , it is not flu season yet. I just got my annual influenza vaccination yesterday. However like covid it is a repsiratory virus so the same precautions work. (mask & social distancing) Covid kills at a far higher rate than influenza but telling the diseases apart is easy on lab tests.
      The protocol for listing cause of death is well known and Covid deaths cause “excess deaths” If a gunman goes to a cancer ward and shoots all the patients , they are gun deaths, not cancer deaths. If you have a heart attack and the ambulance crashes on the way to the Hospital you are a motor vehicle death. My father in law had cancer but died of Hospital acquired MRSA infection in 2006. My wife was a pathologist and agreed he was a mrsa death not cancer death. They audit deaths certificates and determine excess deaths.

  • Professor Emeritus

    September 20, 2021 at 5:44 am

    Researchers all over the world are trying to figure out how Florida can have such a high rate of both deaths and vaccination I send them Comments such as you find here by anti vaxxers and covid deniers so they better understand the “Florida sociopath personality”
    Florida had over 13 times the deaths of New York in August on a per million basis. Florida Had 400 deaths per million population New York had 30. The sociopaths simply deny this reality since it conflicts with their beliefs.

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