ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 08: A healthcare worker test a patient at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at the Duke Energy for the Arts Mahaffey Theater on July 8, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Pinellas County Government partnered with state and local health care agencies to open a COVID-19 testing site while the state undergoes another surge in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

Wednesday’s Coronavirus Updates: State reports highest single-day number of cases with 17,783 reported

As of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 1,409,906 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,385,040 Florida residents and 24,345 non-Florida residents. There are 22,317 Florida resident deaths reported, 330 non-resident deaths, and 64,321 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: 1,409,906 (up from 1,392,123)
Florida resident deaths: 22,317 (up from 22,188)
Non-resident deaths: 330 (up from 327)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 22,647 (up from 22,515)

  • 17,783 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 129 new resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • 3 new non-resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 12.75%
    • 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: 82,155 (up from 81,279)
Deaths: 1,408 (up from 1,388)

  • 876 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 20 new deaths reported Wednesday

Lee County: 43,327 cases (up from 42,845) – 691 deaths (9 new)
Collier County: 23,502 (up from 23,323) – 350 deaths (4 new)
Charlotte County: 8,029 (up from 7,880) – 246 deaths (5 new)
DeSoto County: 3,027 (up from 2,984) – 58 deaths
Glades County: 794 (up from 790) – 11 deaths
Hendry County: 3,476 (up from 3,457) – 52 deaths (2 new)

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 and information for SWFL

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

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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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