Florida tops 5 million COVID-19 cases

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Deaths from surge are starting to spike, with 605 reported in past week.

Florida has now seen more than 5 million cases of COVID-19 among residents, with another 289,204 reported in the past week, according to the latest state data posted Friday.

The Sunshine State has recorded 5,280,903 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since it first emerged in March 2020. That is equal to about one in every four Floridians, though the COVID-19 total includes recurring cases of the disease suffered by some people.

Florida’s latest total includes more than a million new cases that have been tallied just in the past three weeks, since the end of 2021, as the omicron surge has overtaken Florida.

The most recent weekly total was a sharp drop from the record 429,311 cases that were recorded the week ending Jan. 14.

Yet it still was the fourth consecutive week that saw more confirmed new cases in Florida in a seven-day period than in any previous week in the 22-month COVID-19 pandemic.

Public health officials have expressed cautious hope that the latest surge is producing milder symptoms because the omicron variant is not as severe, and because more and more Floridians are vaccinated. Those shots reduce the effects among those who do get the disease.

Nonetheless, Florida is seeing its COVID-19 fatality rate spike once again. That delayed rise in fatalities is consistent with previous surges, when spikes in state-confirmed deaths totals trailed spikes in new cases by two to four weeks.

In the seven-day period through Thursday, Florida recorded 605 new COVID-19 deaths, according to the latest COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report posted by the Department of Health.

That’s up from 470 newly tallied fatalities the week before, and from 184 Floridians who were reported to have died of the disease the week before that.

The latest death toll showed the first time since early November that Florida had seen more than 500 deaths recorded in a week’s time. That early November toll came at the tail-end of the deadly part of the summer surge. Florida saw COVID-19 deaths spike to more than 2,000 reported in each of three weeks running in September, and new death totals did not fall below 1,000 again until mid-October.

Florida now has recorded 63,763 COVID-19 deaths.

As of Thursday, 73% of eligible Floridians, those ages 5 or older, had received at least one vaccination shot, or about 13 million people, according to the state’s latest report. In the past week, 208,805 Floridians received a booster, including 55,287 who got their first shot.

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

  • ScienceBLVR

    January 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you Ron DeSantis- America’s Death monger Governor! Killing his base since 2020…

    • nail

      January 21, 2022 at 7:12 pm

      Seeing as how DeSantis covered many deaths and even the CDC says our numbers are wrong. DeSantis is having a conniption today. The WH outed him for not spending the Covid money on the schools as he was supposed to. They need to claw back this money and AZ Covid money. I am sick of this governor purposely lying to cover his ass. He is an incompetent, devious, dangerous idiot.
      We need to get rid of him. Both Christ and Fried came out in front of him today. No wonder he has all his trolls on Twitter and Facebook. He did it to himself. If he had acted normal, like his first year, he may have been ok.But no he had to play trumper II.

      • Andrew Finn

        January 27, 2022 at 12:07 pm

        Yeah we sure are enjoying all that “freedom” aren’t we ??????

    • Antonio

      January 22, 2022 at 5:50 am

      Almost 78,000 people have died in California from COVID, do you blame Gavin Newsome for killing his base as well?

      • Impeach Biden

        January 22, 2022 at 6:15 am

        Yes. Florida is the third most populous state in the nation. Guess what they are third in total Covid deaths. Basic math that ScienceBLVR fails to grasp.

      • Andrew Finn

        January 27, 2022 at 10:58 am

        YEP

  • Andrew Finn

    January 27, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Oh Boy !!!!!! Florida now has well over 5,000,000 cases of virus and over 63,000 deaths. Hey, are we enjoying that “freedom” yet? Let’s all sing “Well it’s 1-2-3 what are we fightin’ for — hey. we ain’t got time to wonder why — whoopie, we’re all gonna die” !!!!!!!!!!!!

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