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FDOH-Collier County begins administering the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health care workers and those 65 and older on Sunday. (Credit: WINK News)

Friday’s Coronavirus Updates: 19,530 new cases and 185 new deaths reported

As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, there have been 1,449,252 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,423,510 Florida residents and 25,742 non-Florida residents. There are 22,666 Florida resident deaths reported, 345 non-resident deaths, and 65,063 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 Friday. 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.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS

Total number of recorded cases: 1,449,252 (up from 1,429,722)
Florida resident deaths: 22,666 (up from 22,481)
Non-resident deaths: 345 (up from 336)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 23,011 (up from 22,817)

  • 19,530 total new cases reported Friday
  • 185 new resident deaths reported Friday
  • 9 new non-resident deaths reported Friday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 11.46%
    • 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. 

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS

Total recorded cases in SWFL: 84,086 (up from 83,071)
Deaths: 1,441 (up from 1,418)

  • 1,105 total new cases reported Friday
  • 23 new deaths reported Friday

Lee County: 44,395 cases (up from  43,871) – 708 deaths (13 new)
Collier County: 24,012 (up from 23,707) – 360 deaths (6 new)
Charlotte County: 8,293 (up from 8,147) – 249 deaths (1 new)
DeSoto County: 3,066 (up from 3,047) – 61 deaths (3 new)
Glades County: 800 (up from 798) – 11 deaths
Hendry County: 3,520 (up from 3,501) – 52 deaths

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

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

TESTING DATA

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.”


RESOURCES

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


IF YOU FEEL SICK:

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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