Florida coronavirus deaths trending down, but still high

While the number of new COVID-19 cases statewide and in most counties in the greater Tampa Bay area is about half of what it was two weeks ago, the death toll remains raised.

The Florida Department of Health’s weekly coronavirus report released on Friday showed 103,022 people in the state had tested positive for the virus. In the Tampa Bay area, 22,501 people have tested positive.

Statewide, 1,293 people died of complications from the virus in the week ending Thursday. That’s down slightly from the 1,324 recorded the previous week – and the first weekly drop since the week of December 17-23, 2021.

New case positivity rates continue their downward trend. It arrived this week at 14.3%, down 3.7% from the previous week. This is the fifth consecutive week of decline from a rate of 31.2% recorded the week of December 31 to January 31. 6.

Rates in the greater Tampa Bay area range from 19.7% in Hernando County to 14.1% in Pinellas County.

Vaccination rates for people aged five and over remained virtually unchanged from the previous week.

The Tampa Bay Times reported this week that the Florida Department of Health said a pair of businesses failed to report more than 230,000 COVID-19 tests in December and January.

If added to current data, this could add to the high totals reported during the recent omicron wave. Health Department officials say the state is currently reviewing the information.

The following is a summary from February 4 to February 4. ten:

Case : 5,732,798 positive cases, an increase of 103,022 from the previous week.

Vaccines: 15,356,586 Florida residents were vaccinated, a weekly increase of 21,557. In total, 74% of Florida’s population over the age of five received at least one dose of the vaccine, essentially the same rate as it a week ago.

Positivity rate: The statewide positivity rate for new cases was 14.3%, down 3.7% from the previous week.

Death: A total of 67,572 Florida residents have died from a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, an increase of 1,293 from the previous week.

(REMARK: The cases and deaths mentioned in the report may have occurred days or weeks earlier, according to state officials. The state now only counts deaths involving Florida residents.)

Breakdown by county:(February 4-February 10)

county Case (increase) Positivity (prv.) # Vaccines % vaccinated (prv.) *
Hillsborough 363,767 (7,681) 15.9% (19.4%) 976 398 69% (69%)
pinelles 202,745 (4,004) 14.1% (18.0%) 654,435 69% (69%)
Polk 195,864 (3,414) 16.4% (20.7%) 448 203 66% (66%)
sarasota 86,378 (2,192) 16.7% (20.8%) 328,654 77% (77%)
Manatee 93,069 (1,882) 16.1% (20.0%) 268 141 69% (69%)
Not co 119,010 (2,454) 17.7% (21.6%) 351,695 67% (67%)
Hernando 40,951 (874) 19.7% (26.0%) 113,853 61% (61%)

* – Immunization rate now includes children aged 5-11.

ABOUT THE DATA: As of June 4, 2021, the Florida Department of Health no longer offers daily coronavirus data updates and instead publishes a weekly breakdown by county and statewide on cases. , deaths and other COVID-19 information. The cases and deaths mentioned in the report may have occurred days or weeks earlier, according to state officials. The state also now only counts deaths involving Florida residents.

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