COVID-19 in Florida: 5,436 new cases, 96 more dead

Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Four weeks ago on Jan. 17, Florida reported 11,093 new cases. In addition, the seven-day average for new cases has been declining since Jan. 8 when it reached 17,991.

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.


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