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A COVID-19 testing associate adjusts his personal protective equipment (PPE) at a testing center at Lincoln Park amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 7, 2020 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Thursday’s Coronavirus Updates: Nearly 20K new cases reported statewide, over 900 in SWFL

As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, there have been 1,429,722 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,404,374 Florida residents and 25,348 non-Florida residents. There are 22,481 Florida resident deaths reported, 336 non-resident deaths, and 64,704 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 22 positive cases of COVID-19 variants as of Thursday. The type of variants are not specified on the table. Florida Department of Health and the CDC were previously investigating the evidence of the first known case of what is known as the UK COVID-19 variant on Dec. 31, 2020.

*Numbers are released by the DOH every afternoon.


Total number of recorded cases: 1,429,722 (up from 1,409,906)
Florida resident deaths: 22,481 (up from 22,317)
Non-resident deaths: 336 (up from 330)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 22,817 (up from 22,647)

  • 19,816 total new cases reported Thursday
  • 164 new resident deaths reported Thursday
  • 6 new non-resident deaths reported Thursday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 11.60%
    • 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: 83,071 (up from 82,155)
Deaths: 1,418 (up from 1,408)

  • 916 total new cases reported Thursday
  • 10 new deaths reported Thursday

Lee County: 43,871 cases (up from 43,327) – 695 deaths (4 new)
Collier County: 23,707 (up from 23,502) – 354 deaths (4 new)
Charlotte County: 8,147 (up from 8,029) – 248 deaths (2 new)
DeSoto County: 3,047 (up from 3,027) – 58 deaths
Glades County: 798 (up from 794) – 11 deaths
Hendry County: 3,501 (up from 3,476) – 52 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 and information 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 Jan. 4

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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Writer:WINK News
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