- Weekly COVID-19 cases continued to rise this week as Florida approaches 6 million infections. The state averaged over 5,600 cases a day during the seven-day period from May 7-13. That’s up 20 percent from the week before, and it’s the eighth straight week that infections have climbed. Hospitalizations are also up, with nearly 1,300 confirmed COVID-19 patients as of Friday. That’s up 23 percent from the week before.
- Public health experts aren’t sounding the alarm just yet. Florida is facing more of a “swell” than a wave, said University of Florida epidemiologist Thomas Hladish. If cases were going to take off again like they did last winter, they would have already done so. But there may be another variant on the horizon, BA.5, that appears to be more infectious than its earlier cousins and better at evading existing immunity. Experts will be watching it to see if it could drive another summer wave.
- The U.S. is on the verge of 1 million lives lost due to COVID-19. But Americans could have prevented more than 300,000 COVID-19 deaths if every adult had been vaccinated, according to a recent report from the Brown University of Public Health. It’s a reminder that vaccines are still be best tool against serious infection and death.
39,397: Number of cases reported in Florida over the past week from May 7-13.
5,628: Average cases a day during that seven-day period, a 20-percent increase from the previous week.
5,997,998: Total number of cases recorded in Florida.
123: Number of deaths reported in the past week.
74,178: Total pandemic deaths in Florida.
43,260: Vaccinations (first or second doses) administered in the past week, down 12 percent compared to the previous week.
83 percent: Total Florida population that is at least partially vaccinated.
67 percent: Total Florida population that is fully vaccinated.
77 percent: Total U.S. population that is at least partially vaccinated.
66 percent: Total U.S. population that is fully vaccinated.
30,345: Booster doses administered in Florida in the last week, a 8-percent drop compared to the prior week.
26 percent: Total Florida population that is boosted.
30 percent: Total U.S. population that is boosted.
13.9 percent: Florida, compared to 13 percent the previous week.
14.1 percent: Manatee
12.2 percent: Citrus
11.2 percent: Hernando
10.9 percent: Pinellas
10.2 percent: Pasco
9.9 percent: Hillsborough
9.5 percent: Polk
1,268: Florida hospitalizations, a 23-percent increase compared to the prior week.
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349: Tampa Bay admissions, a 39-percent increase compared to the prior week.
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How to get tested
Tampa Bay: The Times can help you find the free, public COVID-19 testing sites in the bay area.
Florida: The Department of Health has a website that lists testing sites in the state. Some information may be out of date.
The U.S.: The Department of Health and Human Services has a website that can help you find a testing site.
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How to get vaccinated
The COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and up and booster shots for eligible recipients are being administered at doctors’ offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and public vaccination sites. Many allow appointments to be booked online. 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 Vaccination Assistance Hotline.
Phone: 800-232-0233. Help is available in English, Spanish and other languages.
Disability Information and Access Line: Call 888-677-1199 or email DIAL@n4a.org.
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