COVID cases fall as Florida ranks 37 (from No. 11) on list where coronavirus spreads fastest

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From No. 11 to No. 37.

After four weeks on a Top 10 list of states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest, Florida dropped to No. 11. How are we doing this week? The state is barely in the Top 40.

Florida among Top 40 places where COVID is spreading the fastest

Florida reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, Jan. 23, adding 282,520 new cases. That's down 30.9% from the previous week's tally of 408,841 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Florida now ranks 37th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.

A snapshot of the previous six weeks:

• In the week ending Jan. 16, Florida ranked No. 11 in the nation when the state department of health reported 408,841 cases, a 3.4% dip from the week before.

• In the week ending Jan. 9, Florida ranked fifth, reporting 423,150 cases, a 40% rise from the week before.

• In the week ending Jan. 2, the state ranked fourth when Florida Department of Health reported 302,179 cases, a 142% rise from the week before.

• In the week ending Dec. 26, the state ranked ninth, reporting 124,865 cases, a 332.9% rise from the week before that.

• In the week ending Dec. 19, the state had reported 28,841 cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, a 142% increase from mid-December.

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In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 14.9% from the week before, with 4,770,122 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country's population, Florida had 5.92% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 27 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Many counties did not report during data during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, disrupting the current and previous weeks' statistics. Week-to-week comparisons are skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they're accurate to what states reported.

Florida does not directly publish county-level death data.

COVID cases decline in Florida counties

Across Florida, cases fell in 46 counties, with the best declines and the most new cases overall in:

• Miami-Dade County, with 46,959 cases from 93,321 a week earlier

• Broward County, with 23,063 cases from 48,103

• Orange County, with 18,738 cases from 30,752

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Weekly case counts rose in 19 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in:

• Jackson County

• Santa Rosa County

• Baker County

Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis included:

• Taylor County with 2,276 cases per 100,000 per week

• Madison County with 2,233 cases per 100,000 per week

• Jackson County with 2,146 cases per 100,000 per week

The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Florida does not directly publish county-level death data.

What is the COVID vaccination rate for Florida?

Florida ranked 19th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 76.8% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 75.5%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, Jan. 23, Florida reported administering another 390,947 vaccine doses, including 226,645 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 382,770 vaccine doses, including 101,368 first doses. In all, Florida reported it has administered 35,086,747 total doses.

How many in Florida died from the coronavirus?

In Florida, 605 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 470 people were reported dead.

A total of 5,324,438 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 63,763 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 70,700,678 people have tested positive and 866,540 people have died.

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Florida’s COVID-19 hospital admissions falling

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 23.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

• last week: 14,873

• the week before that: 16,789

• four weeks ago: 4,930

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

• last week: 188,864

• the week before that: 197,883

• four weeks ago: 99,261

Hospitals in 25 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 22 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 30 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.

What is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19?

• Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and reduce the impact of COVID in your communities.

The same precautions still apply:

• wash your hands

• social distance

• wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of germs

• avoid crowds in which you are unsure of vaccination status

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The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter @mikestucka

This article originally appeared on Florida Today: COVID Florida: Omicron cases fall, state reports 282,520 cases, 605 deaths

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