A health care worker directs a person to use a nasal swab for a self-administered test at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Miami Beach Convention Center Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

Wednesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 8,408 new cases, 160 new deaths reported

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 1,676,171 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,645,507 Florida residents and 30,664 non-Florida residents. There are 25,833 Florida resident deaths reported, 416 non-resident deaths, and 71,155 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 92 positive cases of COVID-19 variants as of Jan. 26. 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.


Total number of recorded cases: 1,676,171 (up from 1,667,763)
Florida resident deaths: 25,833 (up from 25,673)
Non-resident deaths: 416 (up from 407)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 26,249 (up from 26,080)

  • 8,408 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 160 new resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • 9 new non-resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 10.19%
    • 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: 96,336 (up from 95,867)
Deaths: 1,601 (up from 1,596)

  • 469 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 5 new deaths reported Wednesday

Lee County: 51,455 cases (up from 51,203) – 779 deaths (2 new)
Collier County: 27,214 (up from 27,060) – 398 deaths (2 new)
Charlotte County: 9,493 (up from 9,442) – 290 deaths
DeSoto County: 3,323 (up from 3,313) – 66 deaths
Glades County: 860 (no change) – 13 deaths (1 new)
Hendry County: 3,991 (up from 3,989) – 55 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. 25

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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