Florida officials reported 23,697 coronavirus cases over the seven-day period from July 2 to 9. That’s a 48 percent increase in weekly cases from the last reporting period and almost double the number of weekly cases seen last last month.
That brings the total number of cases up to 2,361,360 since the pandemic’s first two cases in Florida were reported on March 1, 2020, more than 16 months ago.
The state added 172 deaths since the previous week’s report, bringing the total statewide number of pandemic deaths to 38,157. It can take officials up to two weeks to confirm and report a coronavirus-related death.
The Florida Department of Health announced last month that it would no longer release daily COVID-19 data. Instead, it is now releasing a weekly report every Friday, but withholds information that was publicly available before.
As of June 4, the state no longer reports non-resident vaccinations, coronavirus cases and fatalities. The Florida Department of Health has declined repeated requests to provide non-resident data to the Tampa Bay Times.
“Florida is transitioning into the next phase of the COVID-19 response, and has shifted reporting to parallel this,” the agency said in a June 18 email to the Times. “Among reportable diseases monitored by the department, such as HIV and Hepatitis, it is not typical to calculate cases for non-Florida residents.”
Florida is the only state that updates its coronavirus caseloads and data once a week. Although weekly reports can be more reliable than daily updates, experts warn that infrequent data updates may delay identifying emerging trends.
Vaccinations: Florida administered 207,089 doses of vaccine in the past week. The number of first doses administered dropped to 111,000, the fifth consecutive week that first-dose vaccines have fallen.
So far 58 percent of Florida residents age 12 and up have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the state. That’s the same percentage the state reported last week. Just over 50 percent of eligible residents have been fully vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 65.3 percent of Florida’s adults age 18 and up have been vaccinated, still short of President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4.
More than 83 percent of Floridians over the age of 65 have been vaccinated, and 74 percent of those ages 60 to 64 have been vaccinated, according to state data. Meanwhile, vaccination rates for those under 40 remain low. Only 31 percent of those 12 to 19 are vaccinated, while 38 percent of those 20 to 29 and 45 percent of those 30 to 39 have received the vaccine.
In Hillsborough County, 54 percent of residents age 12 and up have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 57 percent; in Pasco, 54 percent; in Manatee, 57 percent; in Polk, 50 percent; in Hernando, 48 percent; and in Citrus, 51 percent.
Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate rose to 7.8 percent in the past week, up from 5.2 percent the week before.
Before reopening, states should maintain a positivity rate of 5 percent or less for at least two weeks, according to the World Health Organization. A positivity rate of 5 percent or less indicates testing is widespread enough to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.
Positivity rates were up across the board in the Tampa Bay area, where the positivity rate was 8.4 percent in Hillsborough, 6.1 percent in Pinellas, 7.9 percent in Pasco, 7.7 percent in Manatee, 8.7 percent in Polk, 9.2 percent in Hernando, and 6.1 percent in Citrus.
Hospitalizations: The CDC reported 2369 confirmed COVID-19 patients were admitted to Florida hospitals from June 30 to July 6. That’s an increase 500 new hospitalizations compared the week before.
The Tampa Bay area saw 517 hospital admissions from June 30 to July 6. Hillsborough county hospitals had 163 admissions, Pinellas had 154 admissions, Pasco had 52 admissions, Manatee had 6 admissions, Polk had 117 admissions, Hernando had 15 admissions, and Citrus had 10 admissions.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 3,364 cases in the past week, a 38 percent increase in weekly cases from the previous week. This brings the total number of cases in the Tampa Bay area to 412,679.
As of Thursday’s count, Hillsborough added 1,227 new cases, Pinellas had 569 cases, Pasco had 394 cases, Manatee had 245 cases, Polk had 687 cases, Hernando had 162 cases, and Citrus had 80 cases.
The state no longer reports deaths by county. According to CDC data, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties each recorded fewer than 10 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths in the past week. The federal agency does not report exact deaths by county when the count is under 10.
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