Florida’s weekly tally of additional COVID-19 deaths falls below 1,000

COVID-19 coronavirus
Drop in fatalities at last signals the worst is over from the summer surge.

For the first time since the beginning of August, Florida has recorded fewer than 1,000 additional COVID-19 deaths in a week.

The latest COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report from the Florida Department of Health added 944 COVID-19 deaths to the state’s toll. That’s down from 1,192 fatalities recorded the previous week and considerably below the worst-ever week of 2,468, which the state recorded in the third report of September.

The new state report, released late Friday, was the first since the state’s Aug. 6 dispatch to record fewer than 1,000 additional COVID-19 deaths statewide. The new status closes a tragic ten-week run of four-figure weekly tallies of Floridians who had perished because of the disease.

The drop in fatalities at last signals the worst is over from the delta variant-driven summer surge, which peaked in COVID-19 infections from late July through early September. That has led to a surge in death reports rising and now falling a few weeks behind those new case tallies.

Floria reported just 14,564 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the week running through Thursday. That’s the lowest weekly count of new cases seen in the state since June.

Florida has seen declines in cases eight consecutive weeks, and now has returned to the level seen throughout the spring — before the regency of the delta variant, and back when Florida had felt normal again. At the worst, a three week stretch in August, Florida was struggling with more than 150,000 new cases every week.

The weekly caseload of new cases is down 90% since then.

Nonetheless, Friday’s latest weekly tally of deaths caused by the disease still was significantly high in the longer-term scheme of the now 19-month long coronavirus pandemic.

Throughout the spring, Florida was typically reporting 200-500 new COVID-19 deaths per week. The same was true last fall, after the summer surge of 2020 had waned and before the winter surge began. The same was true in Florida in the spring of 2020, until the summer, 2020, surge began.

This summer, Florida saw newly-reported tallies of COVID-19 deaths begin to spike in the first week of August, when the state recorded 616 fatalities, compared with 409 the prior week, and 281 the week before that.

Assuming that first week of August marked the beginning of the death toll and Friday’s report marks the end, 19,724 Floridians were reported to have died because of the disease during the 12-week summer surge of 2021.

Since the start of the pandemic in March, 2020, 58,803 Floridians have died of COVID-19, according to the Florida Department of Health.

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]


9 comments

    • tjb

      October 25, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      Interesting that Florida had the 5 th highest death rate in the nation last week. Unfortunately, other Red States leads the pack in covid deaths. But I am sure DeSantis will get to the coveted spot.

    • Professor Emeritus

      October 30, 2021 at 3:31 am

      Personal Commentary from a long time a right wing Trump supporting art historian with no credentials in the area

  • Sister Ginny de Spanku, Belgian Institue of Waffles for Jesus

    October 22, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Clearly, DeSantis’s efforts to stop this disease through anti-mask mandates, promoting treatments over prevention, and just plain self-serving suck-Trump’s-dick diplomacy have paid off! Less than a thousand dead per week — what an accomplishment! More dead by covid than any other state! God bless him, he’s a real headline-maker!

  • Sister Ginny

    October 22, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    My bad, it’s the Belgian Institute, not institue, which sounds like a tube up your you know what. I’ve been drinking Dr. Pepper with Miller Lite, a wonderful combination, just so you know. I recommend it.

  • Tom

    October 23, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    It’s Saturday night.
    Go spank some mannequins in the attic you invert.

    I’m sure he can write a book on how he saved Florida, ala the groper Cuomo. At least $5 million worth. Enjoy the mannequins waffles.

    America’s Governor the best.

  • Rodney Lovett

    October 27, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    USAFacts reports and average of 1 death per day this last week in Florida.
    VeryWell Health reports a total of 35 deaths in Florida from Covid in the last week.
    I don’t know where Scott Powers comes up with his data. It may be weeks old or more. Florida Politics seems to be just that…politics that we have come to expect from much of the liberal news.

    • Professor Emeritus

      October 30, 2021 at 3:24 am

      Florida reports deaths as it feel like . it is the only state that waits until all paperwork is done to report deaths . The lag is now up to 6 weeks or more . There were 414 deaths on August 28 but the last were added in mid October . They are short at least a thousand death reports in September,based on number of infections.

  • Professor Emeritus

    October 30, 2021 at 3:19 am

    Florida’s reporting numbers for September still cant be trusted. They show an medically impossible drop from August in the ratio of infections to fatalities on a 21 day lag basis. The August death toll was 2.2% of Reported cases September is 1.4% the Florida average for the whole pandemic is 1.6% and the nation 1.7 % The numbers just don’t add up . either they had many more cases , medical care was terrbile in August or they are still sitting on about thousand September deaths

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