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Florida adds nearly 14,000 COVID-19 cases and 169 resident deaths as positivity rate dips

Howard Cohen, Miami Herald on

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MIAMI — Florida’s Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed 13,990 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to a new milestone: 1,517,472. Also, 169 new resident deaths were announced, bringing the state’s resident death toll from the novel coronavirus to 23,396.

Five new nonresident deaths were also announced, bringing the nonresident toll to 363. The Sunshine State has the fourth-highest death toll in the country, after New York, Texas and California, according to The New York Times database of U.S. cases.

According to the state’s Wednesday COVID-19 vaccine report, 707,478 people have been vaccinated in Florida — with 61,151 people completing the series of two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The figures represent a rise of 59,125 people getting vaccinated and 7,891 more people completing both doses compared to Tuesday’s report.

Miami-Dade and Broward are administering the vaccines to seniors 65 and older at several hospitals, parks and other sites.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Florida:

—Miami-Dade County reported 2,568 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 20 new deaths, according to Florida’s Department of Health. The county has now had 334,217 confirmed cases and 4,472 deaths. The percent positivity for new cases decreased from 9.41% to 9.22%.

 

—Broward County reported 1,070 additional confirmed cases and five new deaths. The county’s known total is now at 153,715 cases and 1,943 deaths. The percent positivity for new cases increased from 8.87% to 9.22%.

—Palm Beach County saw 699 additional confirmed cases and eight new deaths. The county has 93,994 confirmed cases and 1,983 deaths. The percent positivity for new cases decreased from 10.22% to 9.66%.

—Monroe County confirmed 50 additional cases and no new deaths. The county has a known total of 4,787 cases and 36 deaths. The percent positivity for new cases increased from 3.92% to 10.14%.

One of the tools that officials rely on to determine whether the coronavirus situation is improving in the state is hospitalization data. Unlike testing, which might be limited or takes days to report results, hospitalizations can help give officials a real-time snapshot of how many people are severely ill with COVID-19.

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