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COVID-19 spread continues to slow as Florida surpasses 60,000 deaths from virus

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s Department of Public Health reported Friday that 60,334 residents have died with COVID-19 since the pandemic claimed its first life in the state in March 2020.

Of those deaths, 664 were added in the previous seven days. The state does not report when the deaths occurred and it often takes weeks or months for a death to be added to the state’s COVID-19 count.

According to Johns Hopkins University data, Florida has recorded 8% of the COVID-19s in the United States. Florida residents represent 6.5% of the population of the U.S.

Of the deaths in the state, more than 10% were in Miami-Dade County -- 6,472. Just under 6,000 people in Northeast Florida were reported to have died with COVID-19 over the last 20 months -- 2,804 of those were Jacksonville residents. (See county-by-county data below.)

The state reported 11,069 new cases in the weekly report and a positively rate of 2.4% -- numbers that continue to drop.

The number of new cases last week is similar to what the state reported in mid-June and are less than one-tenth of the weekly increases reported in July and early August after the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus began spreading across Florida.

The number of hospital inpatients with the disease has also dropped over the last two months. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services posted data Monday that showed 1,965 inpatients at Florida hospitals had COVID-19, down from 2,333 a week earlier. Also, the new data showed 480 COVID-19 patients were in intensive-care units, down from 573 a week earlier.

Cases and hospitalization surged in July and August because of the spread of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. But the numbers improved through September, October and the first few days of November.

The number of Florida COVID-19 patients needing treatment in hospital intensive-care units has dropped to 400, according to data posted online Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The data also showed continued decreases in the overall number of patients hospitalized because of COVID-19, a steady trend over the past two months.

The 400 patients reported Friday in intensive-care unit beds was down from 516 a week earlier and 1,425 on Oct. 1. Also, the report showed that Florida hospitals had 1,732 inpatients with COVID-19. That was down from 2,139 a week earlier and 5,414 on Oct. 1.

As of Thursday, 73% of Floridians ages 12 and older had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the FDOH report. That included 90% of people ages 65 and older. People ages 20 to 29 had the lowest vaccination rate, with 55% having received at least one shot.

The report doesn’t provide similar information about people who are fully vaccinated.


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