Florida’s COVID-19 case numbers fall again

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Florida's 20-month coronavirus pandemic death toll tops 60,000.

Florida health officials recorded just 10,498 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, the second-lowest weekly total seen in more than a year.

The Sunshine State’s case numbers continue the strong, steady decline that began in early September and now have reached the range of the lowest point seen all year, according to weekly reports from the Florida Department of Health.

In June, Florida had one week with a lower count, 10,095 new cases. Otherwise Florida hasn’t seen this few COVID-19 cases reported in a seven-day period since June of 2020.

Still, the dark cloud of COVID-19’s summer surge continues to show how serious the delta variant outbreak was in Florida. Another 664 COVID-19 deaths were tabulated, a high number compared to the relative comfort Florida had in the spring.

Florida’s overall COVID-19 death tally has now topped 60,000, with the count now showing 60,334 Floridians have died of the disease since the pandemic began in March, 2020, according to the state’s COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report, released late Friday.

During the three months when most Florida deaths during the summer surge occurred, since the start of August, 21,255 Florida deaths have been counted, recording more than a third of Floridians who have died of COVID-19 since the the pandemic began.

In many ways, Florida’s summer 2021 surge has traced the summer 2020 surge. Much has changed in a year. About 60% of Florida’s population now is fully vaccinated. On the other hand, the delta variant that ran rampant this summer did not exist in 2020.

In both years, case counts began climbing in late June, peaked, and fell after a couple of months of high numbers. The 2021 trend line climbed higher than the one in 2020, and followed a path a few weeks later than the one seen in 2020.

In 2020, the worst weeks for death reports were in late July and early- and mid-August. In 2021, the death tallies began growing rapidly in mid-August.

By the first week of October in 2020, Florida had reached an autumn nadir, with just 12,946 cases. Then the next surge began appearing. By Thanksgiving week, Florida was reporting 65,500 new cases in a week, and by January 2021, Florida was seeing more than 100,000 cases in a week.

In 2020, Florida’s death toll reached an autumn low of 308 the last week of October. By mid-January 2021, Florida was again recording more than 1,000 deaths per week, a stretch that lasted seven weeks.

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

    November 5, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    No thanks to DeathSantis and his hero Trump whose genius cost more than a quarter million lives.

  • Tom

    November 6, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Oh I see, we have had more regretful Covid deaths this year compared to last you hater.
    It’s not Biden’s responsibility though.

    He and giggles told everyone not to trust it when Trump was President.

    Florida is leading the country in recovery and least percentage in Covid infections.

    Facts don’t matter though with you and the Manchurians. They all hide now from me.
    LMAO.

  • Tjb

    November 6, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Over 60,000 Floridians have lost their lives to Covid 19.
    58,220 Americans gave their lives fighting in Vietnam. A “war” that we lost.
    Under DeSantis governorship, more Floridians have died from Covid than Americans in Vietnam.
    The ghost of Ho Chi Minh is laughing at you DeSantis.

    • Tom

      November 7, 2021 at 3:07 am

      LOL. The ghost of “Ho Chi Minh”, really? What a gross and pathetic comparison. Shameful, you have no decency.

      So, under this POTUS we have had more regretful Covid deaths. Feel free to justify.

    • Pat

      November 9, 2021 at 7:49 pm

      Under Biden, nearly half a million people have been lost. More than under Donald Trump. Do you feel the same way about him? You just want to bash republicans.

      • tjb

        November 12, 2021 at 9:08 am

        DeSantis and Christina Pushaw are always trying to grab headlines to create division and not have Floridians thinking about the 60,480 Covid deaths in our state. Florida has 6.5% of the USA population but sadly we have 8% of the Covid deaths in the USA? Looks like DeSantis’s policies to prevent Covid deaths are not working.

  • Tom

    November 8, 2021 at 7:34 am

    And the manchurians sucked eggs in silence.

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