Friday’s Coronavirus Updates: 6,683 new cases and 218 new deaths reported
As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, there have been 1,856,427 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,816,108 Florida residents and 33,636 non-Florida residents. There are 29,692 Florida resident deaths reported, 522 non-resident deaths, and 77,408 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.
According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 433 positive cases of the UK COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, as of Feb. 18. The Florida Department of Health and the CDC began investigating the evidence of the first known case of the UK COVID-19 variant on Dec. 31, 2020.
*Numbers are released by the DOH every afternoon.
Total number of recorded cases: 1,856,427 (up from 1,849,744)
Florida resident deaths: 29,692 (up from 29,474)
Non-resident deaths: 522 (up from 516)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 30,214 (up from 29,996)
- 6,683 total new cases reported Friday
- 218 new resident deaths reported Friday
- 6 new non-resident deaths reported Friday
- Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 5.85%
- 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: 105,076 (up from 104,754)
Deaths: 1,801 (up from 1,786)
- 322 total new cases reported Friday
- 15 new deaths reported Friday
Lee County: 56,277 cases (up from 56,126) – 864 deaths (5 new)
Collier County: 29,560 (up from 29,460) – 440 deaths (2 new)
Charlotte County: 10,450 (up from 10,415) – 345 deaths (7 new)
DeSoto County: 3,652 (up from 3,624) – 72 deaths (1 new)
Glades County: 892 (up from 890) – 15 deaths
Hendry County: 4,245 (up from 4,239) – 65 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 HIRING: SWFL companies adding jobs
FOOD PANTRIES: Harry Chapin mobile food pantry schedule, week of Feb. 15
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.
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