Florida reports 6,906 new COVID cases, 46 additional deaths on Saturday

Wayne K. Roustan, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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The number of new COVID-19 cases per day increased slightly in the past week, even as vaccines became more accessible across the state.

In early January, the seven-day average for new cases had climbed as high as 17,991.

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

South Florida

South Florida counties reported 2,831 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.