FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – The daily COVID-19 death toll in Florida reached 277 on Friday, tying the state record for resident and non-resident deaths from the disease.
Florida reported 13,719 new coronavirus cases and 272 new resident deaths linked to COVID-19 on Friday. The state has now reported 1,627,603 cases since the start of the pandemic.
The death toll equaled the state record set on Aug. 11, as the disease reached its summer peak.
Palm Beach County: 811 additional cases and 17 additional deaths. The county now has 101,019 confirmed cases and 2,113 deaths, including 30 non-residents.
Broward County: 1,176 additional cases and seven additional deaths. Broward has a known total of 163,896 cases and 2,046 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The count includes 35 non-residents.
Miami-Dade County: 2,299 additional cases and 34 new deaths. The county now has 354,704 confirmed cases and 4,709 deaths, including 31 non-residents.
TEST AND POSITIVITY
Public health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positive rate is below 5%. But since Oct. 29, Florida has passed 5% in its widely publicized calculation to assess the resident screening rate.
The state reported a daily positivity rate of 12.37% on Friday, up from 8.54% the day before. This method of calculating positivity only counts new infections, but also counts repeat negative tests, which brings the number down.
According to the state, the new reported case numbers reflect the results of 108,592 COVID-19 tests from Florida residents received from labs the day before, up from 148,507 results reported the day before.
Palm Beach County: Test results for 7,189 residents were reported Friday, leading to a daily positivity rate of 10.92%. This is an increase of 7.29% the day before.
Broward County: Test results for 8,741 residents were reported on Friday, leading to a daily positivity rate of 13.52%. This is up from 7.14% the day before.
Miami-Dade County: Test results for 20,909 residents were reported on Friday, leading to a daily positivity rate of 10.83%. This is up from 7.62% the day before.
The state’s pandemic data report shows a total of 25,011 Floridians have died from COVID-19. In addition, 394 non-residents have died after contracting the virus. Most of the deaths reported on Friday occurred over several weeks, but were confirmed the day before.
Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Florida ranks 24th for deaths per 100,000 population and 24th for cases per 100,000 population, according to the latest data from the Department of Health and the COVID Tracking Project.
As of Friday, there were 6,904 people hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the State Agency for Healthcare Administration.
In South Florida, Broward County reported 631, Palm Beach County 448, and Miami-Dade 984.
Hospitalizations peaked in late July of around 9,500 patients statewide, then fell as low as 2,011 on October 19. The numbers rose steadily in November and December.
Explore the map of current hospital capacity across Florida.
In Florida, 1,110,459 people received their first dose of the vaccine, or about 5.17% of the population.
To date, 139,345 people have completed the series of doses required to be vaccinated. This represents about 0.65% of the population.