Florida reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Feb. 20, adding 42,373 new cases. This is a decrease of 65.4% compared to the previous week’s figure of 122,428 new cases of the virus causing COVID-19.
Florida was ranked 32nd among the states where coronavirus spread most rapidly on a per-person basis, according to a U.S. TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
In the past week, coronavirus cases in the United States fell by 42% compared to the week before, with 722,053 reported cases. With 6.45% of the country’s population, Florida had 5.87% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, three states had more cases in the past week than they had in the week before.
Brevard County reported 1,316 cases in the past week. One week earlier, it had reported 3,388 cases. During the entire pandemic, it has reported 132,136 cases.
Across Florida, cases dropped in 67 counties, with the best drop in Miami-Dade County, with 4,691 cases from 24,188 a week earlier; in Broward County, with 2,664 cases from 10,276; and in Orange County, with 3,073 cases from 7,644.
Florida ranked 19th among states in the proportion of people who received at least one shot, with 77.8% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 76.1%, shows a US TODAY analysis of CDC data. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most widely used in the United States, require two doses to be administered every few weeks.
In the week ending Feb. 19, Florida reported having administered an additional 254,023 vaccine doses, including 42,465 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 273,554 vaccine doses, including 76,844 first doses. In total, Florida reported that it has administered 35,955,869 total doses.
In Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks were per capita. person in Jackson County with 459 cases per 100,000 pr. week; Wakulla County with 305; and Lafayette County with 297. Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per year. 100,000 a week.
Adding the most new cases overall was Miami-Dade County, with 4,691 cases; Hillsborough County, with 4,325 cases; and Orange County, with 3,073.
In Florida, 1,330 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 1,293 people were reported dead.
Brevard County reported 45 deaths in the past week. One week earlier, it had reported 37 deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 1,939 deaths.
A total of 5,818,706 people in Florida have been tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 68,902 people have died from the disease, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. In the United States, 78,479,134 people tested positive and 935,335 people died.
Florida’s COVID-19 hospital admissions are falling
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data from Sunday, February 20th.
Likely COVID patients admitted to the state:
- Last week: 6,143
- The week before: 7,976
- Four weeks ago: 14,679
Likely COVID patients admitted to the country:
- Last week: 83,365
- The week before: 105,697
- Four weeks ago: 183,913
No hospitals in the United States reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier. Hospitals in one state had several COVID-19 patients in intensive care units. No hospitals admitted more COVID-19 patients in the past week than a week before, the U.S. TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
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