FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida has experienced a deadly week for coronavirus, with 961 people who have succumbed to the infectious disease.
On Thursday, the state surpassed 26,000 deaths, with each week in January recording a climbing seven-day average in daily new deaths, reaching levels last seen in August.
Florida reported 10,976 new coronavirus cases on Friday and another 219 new resident deaths linked to COVID-19. The state has now reported 1,698,570 cases since the pandemic began.
The seven-day average for new cases has been declining since Jan. 8.
South Florida reported 3,875 new cases on Friday.
Palm Beach County: 847 additional cases and 14 more deaths. The county now has 105,540 confirmed cases and 2,202 deaths, including 36 non-residents.
Broward County: 1,018 additional cases and 2 more deaths. Broward has a known total of 170,709 cases and 2,107 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The death tally includes 36 non-residents.
Miami-Dade County: 2,010 additional cases and 20 new deaths. The county now has 368,137 confirmed cases and 4,849 deaths, including 32 non-residents.
—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.
The state reported a daily positivity rate of 14.46% on Friday, up from 7.70% the day before. This method of calculating positivity counts new infections only, but also counts repeat negative tests, which skews the figure downward.
According to the state, the new reported case numbers reflect the results of 75,179 COVID-19 tests of Florida residents received from labs in the past day, down from 147,173 results reported the day before.
Palm Beach County: Test results for 6,777 residents were reported Friday, leading to a daily positivity rate of 12.22%. That's up from 7.96% the previous day.
Broward County: Test results for 7,569 residents were reported Friday, leading to a daily positivity rate of 13.52%. That's up from 7.33% the previous day.
Miami-Dade County: Test results for 13,616 residents were reported Friday, leading to a daily positivity rate of 14.77%. That's up from 7.06% the previous day.
The state’s pandemic data report shows a total of 26,254 Floridians have died from COVID-19. In addition, 431 non-residents have died after contracting the virus. Most of the fatalities reported Friday happened over several weeks but were just confirmed in the past day.
Florida reported 219 additional deaths from COVID-19 after reporting 202 more on Thursday.
Out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Florida ranks No. 25 for deaths per 100,000 residents and No. 24 for cases per 100.000 residents, according to the latest data from the health department and the COVID-19 Tracking Project.
As of Friday, there were 6,378 people hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.
In South Florida, Broward County reported 657, Palm Beach County had 406 and Miami-Dade had 950.
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.
In Florida, 1,319,822 people have received their first dose of the vaccine, or about 6.15% of the population.