Florida reports 2,340 COVID deaths, over 56,000 cases this week

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The state Department of Health reported 56,325 new coronavirus cases this week among Florida residents to bring the cumulative total to 3,539,272. With 2,340 more fatalities on record, 53,580 Florida residents have died.

This week’s 2,340 deaths reflect a decrease from the 2,468 reported last week, but deaths can take several days or weeks to be reported.

The number of weekly cases decreased compared to the previous week’s 75,906. Positivity decreased to 8.6%, but that’s for new cases only and excludes anyone who previously tested positive.

Of note, the state reports deal only with Florida resident cases and exclude non-residents cases, which are no longer available.

Across the state, 6,526 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 for the seven-day period from Sept. 15-21, according to the latest White House report. In comparison, 8,489 were hospitalized the previous week. The week before that, it was 10,775.

Statewide, 13,536,473 residents, or 71% of people age 12 and up, have received at least one vaccination shot, including 11,350,700 who have completed their shot regimens through Sept. 23.

Central Florida added 11,543 resident infections this week, based on the actual date the state opened the case, for a total of 691,814: 3,235 more in Orange for 220,938; 1,075 more in Osceola for 69,396; 2,369 more in Polk for 124,445; 1,219 more in Lake for 51,932; 240 more in Sumter for 13,990; 1,321 more in Volusia for 72,575; 1,207 more in Brevard for 78,479; and 877 more in Seminole for 60,059.

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