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Friday’s and Saturday’s Coronavirus Updates: 31,518 new cases, 217 new deaths reported

*Numbers are combined from Friday and Saturday.

As of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, there have been 1,354,833 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,331,059 Florida residents and 23,774 non-Florida residents. There are 21,890 Florida resident deaths reported, 320 non-resident deaths, and 63,148 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

*Numbers are released by the DOH every afternoon.


Total number of recorded cases: 1,354,833 (up from 1,323,315)
Florida resident deaths: 21,890 (up from 21,673)
Non-resident deaths: 320 (up from 317)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 22,210 (up from 21,990)

  • 31,518 total new cases reported Saturday
  • 217 new resident deaths reported Saturday
  • 3 new non-resident deaths reported Saturday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 10.13%
    • This percent is the number of people who test PCR- or antigen-positive for the first time divided by all the people tested that day, excluding people who have previously tested positive. 


Total recorded cases in SWFL: 78,942 (up from 77,509)
Deaths: 1,368 (up from 1,351)

  • 1,433 total new cases reported Saturday
  • 17 new deaths reported Saturday

Lee County: 41,313 cases (up from 40,635) – 675 deaths (3 new)
Collier County: 22,911 (up from 22,506) – 339 deaths (7 new)
Charlotte County: 7,647 (up from 7,410) – 236 deaths (5 new)
DeSoto County: 2,935 (up from 2,898) – 58 deaths (2 new)
Glades County: 775 (up from 769) – 11 deaths
Hendry County: 3,361 (up from 3,291) – 49 deaths

Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

*If not linked, the final report has not yet been made available.


Effective Oct. 27, the Florida Department of Health ceased releasing data showing overall testing numbers. Their statement: “The Florida Department of Health is making adjustments to the COVID-19 dashboard and daily report to provide clear, accurate information for Florida families. Moving forward, the daily report will focus on the number of tests reported to the state by day and the corresponding positivity rate by day. The previously reported cumulative number did not reflect the current status of the pandemic in Florida. This change is in line with the CDC recommendation that calculation of percent positivity [is] applied consistently and with clear communication, will allow public health officials to follow magnitude and trends effectively, and the trends will be useful for local public health decision making.”


VACCINE IN SWFL: COVID-19 vaccine schedules for SWFL

VACCINE IN FLORIDA: State of Florida’s COVID-19 vaccine reports

NOW HIRINGSWFL companies adding jobs

FOOD PANTRIES: Harry Chapin mobile food pantry schedule, week of Dec. 28

REPORT COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS/TEST: International self-reporting system


The Florida Department of Health has a 24-hour COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Questions may also be emailed to [email protected]. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINKFlorida Department of Health COVID-19 updates

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