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COVID Florida Update: Cases, Deaths, Hospitalizations

Florida reported 59,487 COVID-19 cases and one new death on Tuesday, according to Wednesday’s report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the Miami Herald’s calculations of CDC data.

In total, Florida has recorded at least 4,419,665 confirmed cases of COVID and 62,542 deaths.

In the past seven days, with the omicron variant circulating, the state has added 22 deaths and 58,216 cases per day on average, according to Herald’s calculations of CDC data. This seven-day moving average is the highest recorded to date.

The CDC rates community transmission for each county in Florida as “high.”

To be considered as having a high transmission rate, new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days must be greater than or equal to 100, or the percentage of positive tests in the last seven days is greater than or equal to 10% .

All four counties in South Florida are miles ahead of this low.

From Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, Miami-Dade County recorded a rate of 3,678 new cases per 100,000, according to the CDC. Broward County’s case rate is 2,496. Palm Beach County’s case rate is 1,656. Monroe County’s case rate is 1,287.

From December 27 to January 2, Miami-Dade had a test positivity of 35.3%. Broward had 38.4% positivity, Palm Beach is 36% positivity, and Monroe has 32.8% positivity.


About 13,659,111 eligible Floridians – 63.6% of the state’s population – have completed the two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or have completed the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Here’s how many people have been fully vaccinated in South Florida and Manatee County, according to the CDC.

â–ª In Miami-Dade County, about 2,193,909 people, or 80.7% of the county’s total population, are fully immunized.

â–ª In Broward County, approximately 1,327,001 people are fully vaccinated, or 68% of the county’s population.

â–ª In Palm Beach County, approximately 951,448 people are fully vaccinated, or 63.6% of the county’s population.

â–ª In Monroe County, about 55,544 people are fully vaccinated, or 74.8% of the county’s population.

â–ª In Manatee County, about 238,668 people are fully vaccinated, or 59.2% of the county’s population.

Cars line up at the Miami Zoo for the COVID-19 test on Tuesday afternoon, January 4, 2021. Pedro Portal [email protected]

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida

There have been 7,647 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Florida, according to Wednesday’s report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This data comes from 236 hospitals in Florida. The number of people hospitalized statewide is 733 more than the day before, when 230 hospitals reported.

COVID-19 patients occupy 14.06% of all inpatient beds in the latest report, up from 12.72% among reporting hospitals on Tuesday.

Omicron, so far, isn’t as deadly as the delta surge last summer. Hospitalizations are approaching records set during the delta wave from July to September.

At the height of the Delta in August, more than 15,000 people were hospitalized in Florida, with more than 25% of all in-patient beds occupied by COVID patients, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Of those hospitalized in Florida, 866 were in intensive care units, an increase of 88 from Tuesday. That’s about 13.81% of the state’s intensive care beds, up from 12.50% the day before.

Wednesday’s Miami-Dade County report said there were 1,884 COVID patients in county hospitals on Tuesday, an increase of 135 from the previous day. Of the 374 new COVID patients, 271 (72.46%) had not been vaccinated. There were 214 intensive care patients, an increase of 25 from the previous day.

Wednesday’s Broward County report said there were 1,209 COVID patients in county hospitals, an increase of 44 patients from the previous day.

This story was originally published January 5, 2022 3:25 pm.

Miami Herald real-time reporter Devoun Cetoute covers breaking news, the Florida coronavirus pandemic, and the General Mission. He graduated from the University of Florida and grew up in Miami. Theme parks, movies, and cars are on her mind in and out of the office.