Florida reports 5,419 new COVID cases and 78 additional deaths, Saturday.

Wayne K. Roustan, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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As the number of fully vaccinated Floridians surpasses six million, the daily number of new cases has hovered around 5,000 in the past week.

In early January, the seven-day average for new cases had climbed as high as 17,991. The seven-day average for the past week was 5,426 on Saturday.

Take a deeper look at Florida’s updated coronavirus numbers.

South Florida

South Florida counties reported 2,106 new cases Saturday. July 2020 was the worst month for cases in South Florida.

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 positivity rate has been rising in South Florida counties, particularly in Broward County.

Deaths

The numbers of hospitalized COVID patients and deaths in South Florida have declined.

Hospitalizations

Hospitalizations hit a peak in late July of about 9,500 patients statewide.

Explore the map of current hospital capacity across Florida.

Vaccines

More than 5.67 million people in Florida have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

Sun Sentinel health reporter Cindy Goodman can be reached at cgoodman@sunsentinel.com