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Lee County opened up its COVID-19 vaccine site at the old RSW terminal location on Jan. 5. (Credit: WINK News)

Wednesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 13,990 new cases and 169 new deaths reported

As of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 1,517,472 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,490,148 Florida residents and 27,324 non-Florida residents. There are 23,396 Florida resident deaths reported, 358 non-resident deaths, and 66,634 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 is 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: 1,517,472 (up from 1,503,482)
Florida resident deaths: 23,396 (up from 23,227)
Non-resident deaths: 363 (up from 358)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 23,759 (up from 23,585)

  • 13,990 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 169 new resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • 5 new non-resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 10.17%
    • 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: 87,942 (up from 87,111)
Deaths: 1,471 (up from 1,458)

  • 831 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 13 new deaths reported Wednesday

Lee County: 46,551 cases (up from 46,104) – 720 deaths (5 new)
Collier County: 25,046 (up from 24,814) – 367 deaths (4 new)
Charlotte County: 8,681 (up from 8,599) – 257 deaths (1 new)
DeSoto County: 3,153 (up from 3,133) – 62 deaths (1 new)
Glades County: 821 (up from 818) – 12 deaths (1 new)
Hendry County: 3,690 (up from 3,643) – 53 deaths (1 new)

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. 11

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

Writer:WINK News
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