COVID-19 in Florida: 10,603 new cases, 97 more deaths

Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun Sentinel

The U.S. death toll now tops 350,000 deaths, more than any other country.

Overall, more than 20.5 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 across the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University.

Worldwide, nearly 85 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 1.84 million people have died from the highly infectious coronavirus.

Florida made another grim record this week, reporting 93,457 new cases in the past week — the most since the pandemic began.

Take a deeper look at Florida’s updated coronavirus numbers.

South Florida

Testing and positivity

Public health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is under 5%. But since Oct. 29, Florida has exceeded 5% in its widely publicized calculation for assessing the rate for testing of residents.



Hospitalizations hit a peak in late July of about 9,500 patients statewide, then dipped as low as 2,011 on Oct. 19. The numbers steadily increased throughout November and December.

Explore the map of current hospital capacity across Florida.