Florida COVID cases up to 131,699; 1,324 newly reported deaths in one week

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Declining cases, rising death rates and at least four cases of the so-called “stealth omicron” variant have been discovered in Florida.

How are we doing this week?

Florida among top 40 places where COVID is spreading fastest

Florida reported significantly fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 131,699 new cases. That’s a 33.4% drop from the previous week’s tally of 197,768 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Florida ranked 24th among the states with the fastest spread of the coronavirus per person, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

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Over the past week, coronavirus cases in the United States are down 42.6% from the previous week, with 2,043,989 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country’s population, Florida recorded 6.44% of the country’s cases last week. Nationwide, one state had more cases in the past week than the previous week.

Here is an overview of the previous seven weeks (click on the hyperlinks to read these COVID-19 reports):

• In the week ending Feb. 4, Florida ranked 37th in the nation when the state health department added 197,768 cases. That figure was down 30% from the previous week’s tally.

• In the week ending Jan. 23, Florida ranked 37th in the nation when the state health department added 282,520 cases. That figure was down 30.9% from the previous week’s tally.

• In the week ending Jan. 16, Florida was knocked off the top 10 list, ranking 11th and reporting 408,841 cases, a 3.4% drop from the previous week.

• In the week ending Jan. 9, Florida ranked fifth, reporting 423,150 cases, a 40% increase from the previous week.

• In the week ending Jan. 2, the state ranked fourth when the Florida Department of Health reported 302,179 cases, a 142% increase from the previous week.

• In the week ending Dec. 26, the state ranked ninth, reporting 124,865 cases, a 332.9% increase from the previous week.

• During the week ending Dec. 19, the state had reported 28,841 cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, a 142% increase from mid-December.

It’s worth noting that while Florida ranks 24th on a list where the coronavirus spreads the fastest, and health officials have said COVID cases are declining here, the state is still reporting more than 100,000. new cases per week, compared to almost 29,000 cases the week ending December 19.

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COVID cases and deaths in Florida counties

Palm Beach County has reported 5,758 cases and 128 deaths in the past week. A week earlier, it had reported 8,711 cases and 51 deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 356,472 cases and 4,535 deaths.

Sarasota County has reported 3,263 cases and five deaths in the past week. A week earlier, it had reported 3,788 cases and 18 deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 85,657 cases and 1,381 deaths.

Escambia County has reported 1,802 cases and 32 deaths in the past week. A week earlier, it had reported 3,186 cases and nine deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 78,444 cases and 1,159 deaths.

COVID cases drop in Florida counties

Across Florida, cases fell in 67 counties, with the best declines in Miami-Dade County, with 16,208 cases from 23,019 a week earlier; in Hillsborough County, with 8,569 of 13,524 cases; and in Orange County, with 7,975 of 12,455 cases.

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What is the COVID vaccination rate for Florida?

Florida ranked 19th among states in the proportion of people receiving at least one vaccine, with 77.3% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 75.4%, according to a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses given a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Wednesday, Florida said it administered 232,888 additional vaccine doses, including 62,610 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 341,189 vaccine doses, including 90,152 first doses. In total, Florida said it administered 35,428,292 total doses.

Where were the worst weekly outbreaks in Florida this week?

In Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks per person occurred in:

• Taylor County with 1,576 cases per 100,000 per week;

• Madison County with 1,401 cases

• Wakulla County with 1,206 cases

The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission start at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

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Which Florida counties added the most new cases this week?

The addition of the most new cases overall was:

• Miami-Dade County, with 16,208 cases

• Hillsborough County with 8,569 cases

• Orange County with 7,975 cases

How many people in Florida have died from coronavirus?

In Florida, 1,324 people were reported dead from COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. The previous week, 1,192 people had been declared dead. Data from Johns Hopkins University is displayed. In the United States, 902,624 people have died.

How many people in Florida have tested positive for coronavirus?

A total of 5,653,905 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, 76,505,442 people have tested positive.

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COVID-19 hospital admissions in Florida plummet

USA TODAY analyzed data from federal hospitals as of Sunday, February 6.

Probable COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 10,375
  • The week before: 12,475
  • Four weeks ago: 15,986

Probable COVID patients admitted to the country:

  • Last week: 135,738
  • The week before: 164,532
  • Four weeks ago: 185,941

Hospitals in one state reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in four states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive care beds. Hospitals in two states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the past week than a week earlier, according to USA TODAY analysis of US Health and Human Services data.

What is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19?

• Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and reduce the impact of COVID in your communities.

The same precautions still apply:

• Wash your hands

• social distancing

• wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of germs

• avoid crowds in which you are unsure of the vaccination status

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