Florida COVID weekly report: South Florida sees an increase in new cases

What is the COVID-19 situation like in Florida?

As of Thursday, Dec. 1, the state has added an average of 1,835 cases and 32 deaths per day in the past seven days, according to Miami Herald calculations of data published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from an average of 1,665 cases per day and 22 deaths per day in the previous seven-day period.

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As of Friday, Dec. 2, more than 14,823,000 people were fully vaccinated in Florida. The state has logged at least 7,252,023 cases and 83,095 deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The number of cases is likely an undercount due to positive results from at-home COVID testing. The state tracks only resident cases and deaths, excluding nonresidents.

Here’s a breakdown of what to know this week:

Tracking COVID variants

Six new omicron subvariants — BQ.1, BQ.1.1, BF.7, BA.2.75, BA.2 and BA.5.2.6 — are gaining traction, spreading throughout the United States. This is in addition to omicron’s two subvariants, BA.5 and BA.4.6.

From Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, the BQ.1.1 strain was the most dominant strain in the United States, accounting for 31.9% of cases. The BQ.1 variant is now the second-most dominant strain, accounting for 30.9% of cases, according to CDC data.

In the Southeast region, which includes Florida, BQ.1.1 made up 34.6% of cases and BA.1 accounted for 26.2%, the most dominant strain and second most.

COVID spread in South Florida

In the past week, Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, Palm Beach and Manatee counties have remained at a low COVID-19 risk level.

Under this level, the CDC recommends staying up-to-date with coronavirus vaccines and getting tested if you have symptoms. Masks are recommended only for those with symptoms, a positive test or exposure to the virus.

South Florida and Manatee County COVID-19 Cases

From Dec. 1 to Nov. 24, Florida recorded 12,842 new cases, according to Miami Herald calculations of the CDC’s Community Profile Report published Friday.

Here’s a breakdown of the new COVID cases in South Florida and Manatee County, according to the report.

Miami-Dade reported 2,937 new resident cases in the week ending Dec. 1, reaching a cumulative total of 1,477,621 since March 2020, when the pandemic began. New cases were 22.17% higher than those added in the previous week, and COVID-19 testing decreased by 15.96%.

Broward reported 1,343 new resident cases, reaching a cumulative total of 742,902. New cases were 13.52% higher than those added in the previous week, and COVID-19 testing decreased by 17.14%.

Palm Beach reported 1,016 new resident cases, reaching a cumulative total of 458,694. New cases were 13.27% higher than those added in the previous week, and COVID-19 testing decreased by 13.8%.

Monroe reported 38 new resident cases, reaching a cumulative total of 22,122. New cases were 80.95% higher than those added in the previous week, and COVID-19 testing decreased by 1.79%.

Manatee reported 191 new resident cases, reaching a cumulative total of 118,821. New cases were 1.04% lower than those added in the previous week, and COVID-19 testing decreased by 10.25%.

South Florida and Manatee County COVID deaths

Florida has added 226 deaths in the past week, according to Miami Herald calculations of the CDC’s Friday Community Profile Report.

It is unclear when these newly reported deaths occurred. The Community Profile Report updates Florida’s county tolls and rates about once every seven days.

As of Friday’s Community Profile Report, Florida had a rate of 387 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people since the start of the pandemic.

Here’s where death rates and tolls stand in South Florida and Manatee County, according to the CDC:

Miami-Dade’s death toll is 11,936, an increase of 16 deaths from last Friday’s report. That’s a rate of 439 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people since the beginning of the pandemic.

Broward’s death toll is 6,503, an increase of 10. That’s a rate of 333 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people.

Palm Beach’s death toll is 5,764, an increase of 15. That’s a rate of 385 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people.

Monroe’s death toll is 132, no increase. The county would be at a death rate of 178 deaths per 100,000 people if its population were that large.

Manatee’s death toll is 1,654, an increase of five. Manatee has a rate of 410 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people.

Florida COVID-19 vaccinations

About 14,823,571 eligible Floridians — 69% of the state’s population — have completed the two-dose series of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or have completed Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, according to the CDC.

Here’s how many people have received the updated Pfizer-BioNTech booster in South Florida and Manatee County since Oct. 12, according to the CDC:

In Miami-Dade, about 138,897 people, or 5.4% of the fully vaccinated population, have received the booster.

In Broward, about 146,406 people have received the booster, or 8% of the fully vaccinated population.

In Palm Beach, about 148,433 people have received the booster, or 10.4% of the fully vaccinated population.

In Monroe, about 7,605 people have received the booster, or 10.7% of the fully vaccinated population.

In Manatee, about 41,088 people have received the booster, or 10.7% of the fully vaccinated population.