Florida COVID update: 26,203 more cases reported, state hospitalizations increase

Florida COVID update: 26,203 more cases reported, state hospitalizations increase

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the C.B. Smith Park site in Broward County will be offering monoclonal antibodies in an effort to curb severe disease and therefore hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19. 

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Florida reported 26,203 more COVID-19 cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, according to Herald calculations of CDC data.

The state also reported nine new deaths the day before. In all, Florida has recorded at least 3,130,144 confirmed COVID cases statewide and 42,731 deaths.

BEHIND OUR REPORTING

The Herald publishes the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after each update by the agency.

On Aug. 10, the Florida Department of Health changed the way it reported new cases and deaths to the CDC. Cases and deaths used to be logged as total new cases reported on a single day. Now, Florida is reporting cases by the “case date,” according to the CDC, rather than the date the case was logged into the system. The result of this change is a lag in cases by date and a number of cases back-filling over time.

The Herald will continue to report the difference in total cases and deaths from one day to the next in stories about daily new cases and deaths, as this is consistent with the way data have been presented in daily stories since the beginning of the pandemic.

FLORIDA COVID-19 VACCINE RATES

As of the Wednesday report, 11,137,284 eligible Floridians — 51.9% of the state’s population — had completed the two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or have completed Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, according to the CDC.

COVID-19 VACCINES IN SOUTH FLORIDA

The CDC reports that every county’s level of community transmission is high. Here’s how many people have been fully vaccinated in South Florida, according to the CDC.

▪ In Miami-Dade County about 1,779,668 people, or 65.5% of the county’s total population, are fully vaccinated.

▪ In Broward County about 1,077,279 people are fully vaccinated, or 55.2% of the county’s population.

▪ In Palm Beach County about 795,035 people are fully vaccinated, or 53.1% of the county’s population.

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