Florida COVID update for Friday: Resident deaths hit 36,000 and 3,590 new cases recorded

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Florida’s Department of Health on Friday announced 3,590 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The state also announced 71 new deaths — all of which were residents. The addition brings the state’s resident death toll to 36,000.

Broward County also hit a new milestone inching over 3,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus.

The state has recorded a known total of 2,286,203 novel coronavirus cases and 36,719 deaths. Among those who died, 36,000 were residents and 719 were nonresidents.

On Friday, the state reported the results of 92,893 residents tested the day before. The state’s percent positivity decreased from 4.41% to 4.15%.

More than 7.4 million Floridians have completed the two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or have completed Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, according to Friday’s vaccine report.

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COVID-19 in Florida

Miami-Dade County reported 716 new cases and 12 deaths, putting its pandemic totals at 493,723 cases and 6,290 deaths.

In Miami-Dade, 343,853 people have received the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna and 1,021,097 people have either received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or have completed the two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna.

Percent positivity decreased from 4.12% to 3.9%. The 14-day average was 4.85% on Thursday’s Miami-Dade New Normal Dashboard.

Broward County reported 344 new cases and 16 new deaths, putting its pandemic totals at 241,476 cases and 3,002 deaths.

In Broward, 212,379 people have received the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna and 684,930 people have either received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or have completed the two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna.

Percent positivity increased from 3.23% to 3.43%.

Palm Beach County reported 183 new cases and five deaths, bringing its cumulative count to 146,329 cases and 2,815 deaths.

In Palm Beach County, 146,380 people have received the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna and 546,930 people have either received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or have completed the two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna.

Percent positivity decreased from 3.84% to 3.05%.

Monroe County added five new cases and no deaths. Pandemic totals in the Keys are at 7,030 cases and 49 deaths.

In the Keys, 10,474 people have received the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna and 28,915 people have either received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or have completed the two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna.

Percent positivity decreased from 7.54% to 2.45%.

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FLORIDA COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATION

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration reports the number of patients hospitalized statewide with a “primary diagnosis of COVID.” The data, which is updated at least every hour, does not distinguish between the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital intensive care units and those in acute-care beds, which require less attention from nurses.

Government officials use current hospitalizations to decide the next steps in fighting the pandemic.

As of 1:31 p.m. Friday, the agency said there were 2,609 people hospitalized. Of these, Miami-Dade had 420; Broward, 334; Palm Beach, 159; and Monroe, two, the agency said.

According to Miami-Dade’s New Normal Dashboard, county hospitals reported 463 COVID-19 patients admitted on Thursday, down from 483 on Wednesday. There were 44 new patients and 63 were discharged.

State hospitalization data doesn’t always match Miami-Dade’s New Normal Dashboard data for various reasons, including the frequency of daily updates.

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