Florida COVID-19 cases remain high as deaths top 77,000

COVID-19 cases in Florida hovered around an average of 11,000 cases per day during the 7-day period July 15-21. This is the eighth consecutive week with more than 10,000 cases per day. The state has recorded more than 600,000 new infections since cases began to climb in March. And sustained case rates have put additional strain on the state’s health care system. As of Friday, Florida hospitals had 4,178 confirmed COVID-19 patients.

The BA.5 variant of Omicron accounted for nearly 77% of infections in the Southeast, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The variant appears to be more infectious than previous strains of the COVID-19 virus and is able to evade previous immunity to vaccination or infection, according to the agency, which recommends eligible residents receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Less than half of eligible Florida residents even received their first booster.

Federal health officials reported Thursday that all but two counties in Florida are at “high” risk for COVID-19, including the entire Tampa Bay area and most of South Florida. This means that nearly 98% of Florida residents live in “high” risk counties for COVID-19. The CDC suggests that all residents of “high” tier counties wear a properly fitted mask in public indoor spaces. Symptomatic residents should get tested immediately.

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Global figures

76,036: Number of cases reported in Florida during the last seven-day period July 15-21.

10,862: Average number of cases per day during this period last week, down 3% from the previous week.

6,716,112: Total number of recorded cases in Florida.

439: Number of deaths reported in the past week.

77,098: Total number of deaths from the pandemic in Florida.

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38.83: Vaccinations (first or second doses) administered in the past week, up 16% from the previous week.

80%: Total Florida population at least partially vaccinated.

67%: Total Florida population fully vaccinated.

78%: Total US population that is at least partially vaccinated.

67%: Total United States population fully vaccinated.

23,301: Booster doses given in Florida last week, up 29% from previous week.

27%: Florida’s total population being boosted.

31%: Total United States population that is boosted.

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Positivity rate

23.8%: Florida, against 24.2% the previous week.

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4,178: Hospitalizations in Florida, a 3% increase over the previous week.

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How to get tested

Florida: The Department of Health has a list of testing sites.

The nation: The US Department of Health and Human Services can help you find a testing site.

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How to get vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine is administered in clinics, doctors’ offices, public health offices and retail pharmacies. Here’s how to find a site near you:

Find a site: Visit vaccines.gov to find vaccination sites in your ZIP code.

More help: Call the National COVID-19 Immunization Hotline.

Call: 800-232-0233. Help is available in English, Spanish, and other languages.

TTY: 888-720-7489

Disability Access and Information Line: Call 888-677-1199 or email DIAL@n4a.org.

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