COVID-19 in Florida: 17,042 new cases, 140 more deaths over last two days

Austen Erblat, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Florida on Saturday reported 17,042 new cases and 140 more deaths over last two days.

The state has reported a total of 1,264,588 positive cases statewide. The numbers published Saturday cover two days after the state paused the release of data on Christmas.

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

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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.



As of Saturday, there were 5,649 people hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

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.

There were 971 hospitalizations in Miami-Dade County Saturday; 545 in Broward County and 297 in Palm Beach County.

Explore the map of current hospital capacity across Florida.