Florida recorded more than 17,000 coronavirus cases on Thursday, ending a year that brought more than 1 million cases of the virus to Florida and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths across the country. This is the largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases seen in Florida.
The Florida Department of Health announced 17,192 cases on Thursday, and since the first public announcement of the infection in March, the total has reached 1,323,315. The average number of cases per week has increased to approximately 12702 cases announced daily.
Throughout the summer, Florida recorded more than 1
According to state data updated and reported every 24 hours, approximately 166,000 tests were performed on Wednesday, with a daily positive rate of 11.57%.
Dr. Marissa Levine, professor of public health and family medicine at the University of South Florida, said: “The numbers we get now may underestimate this disease.”
Levine said certain cases may never be counted by state officials because the test is not extensive enough. She said she expects to increase the number of hospitalizations and deaths related to the coronavirus in the future. Due to Florida’s loose restrictions, Levine said: “It’s only a matter of time” until variants of the coronavirus are identified here, as they did in California and Colorado earlier this week.
Health officials also recorded 133 deaths from the virus on Thursday. There were 21,990 deaths across the state. The average number of deaths per week has increased to 117 deaths declared every day.
The country also reported a record number of deaths this week. The United States set a record daily record for the number of deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, surpassing the highest recorded a day ago. Trackers at Johns Hopkins University said the number of people who died of the coronavirus on Wednesday exceeded 3,740, up from 3,725 on Tuesday.
Vaccination: As of Thursday, 211,165 people in Florida have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Compared with Wednesday, it added 35,700 people.
In Hillsboro County, 13,562 people have been vaccinated. In Pinellas, 13,559; in Polk, 3,248; in Manatee, 3298; in Pasco, 4,259; in Hernando, 1,462; in Citrus, 905.
So far, Miami-Dade and Broward counties have had the most vaccinations, followed by Orange, then Hillsboro and Pinellas counties.
For many people in Florida, the introduction of the vaccine has been a slow and confusing process. Governor Ron DeSantis said last week that residents 65 and older can get the vaccine, but many people have been looking for information about when and where they can register.
Levine said that if more people are hospitalized because of COVID-19, the pressure on the hospital system may affect the launch of the vaccine.
She said: “If the healthcare system is overwhelmed, it will affect the ability to vaccinate fully and effectively.”
Hospitalization: According to data from the U.S. Health Care Administration, approximately 6,320 people across the state were initially diagnosed as hospitalized with coronavirus. There are approximately 1,300 in the Tampa Bay area.
The number of hospitalizations increased by 366.
Statewide, approximately 22% of hospital beds and 18% of intensive care beds are available. In Tampa Bay, approximately 20% of hospital beds and 16% of ICU beds are available. As of Thursday morning, Pasco County’s Tampa General Hospital and Regional Medical Center’s bayonet point had only a few ICU beds.
Positivity: According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the average weekly positive rate in Florida is about 11%. After the Christmas holiday closure, this situation increased, leading to a drop in testing.
If the positive rate is too high, it indicates that there are not enough extensive tests to capture and stop the spread of mild and asymptomatic cases. The World Health Organization has put forward a suggestion that before relaxing exercise restrictions, the positive rate should be below 5%. According to the university, only five states and the District of Columbia meet the recommendation.
Local number: Tampa Bay added 3,150 coronavirus cases and 34 deaths Thursday.
Manatee County reported 11 deaths, Polk 7 deaths, Citrus 5 deaths, Pinellas 4 deaths, Hillsboro and Hernando Counties 3 each, Perth There is 1 person in Pasco.
Polk County ranks first in the region with an average weekly positive rate of 16%, followed by Hillsborough (14%), Citrus, Hernando and Pasco (13%), Manatee and Pinera Sri Lanka (10%). Due to the Christmas closure and fewer tests, the positive rate has risen.
Levine urges people to act responsibly, especially during the New Year holidays. She said that due to the holiday, Florida may continue to maintain a high incidence in the next few weeks.
Levine said: “This is not the time we can let go of our vigilance.” “Our guards need to stand up, and they need to be taller than before.”
As of the latest statistics, Hillsboro has 77,118 cases and 1,078 deaths; Pinellas has 44,975 cases and 1,056 deaths. Polk has 37,403 cases and 795 deaths. There are 22332 cases of manatee and 438 deaths; Pasco has 21,932 cases and 379 deaths. Hernando has 7336 cases and 280 deaths; citrus has 6663 cases and 268 deaths.
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