Florida reports a record 17,783 cases of COVID-19

David Fleshler, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Florida reported a one-day record for COVID-19 cases Wednesday, as the state continued to experience a surge in cases and scramble for vaccinations.

The number of people vaccinated continued to rise. Florida has received 1,152,000 doses and administered 339,032, as of Wednesday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Each of the two approved vaccines requires a second dose, and the state’s totals include second doses given to 5,917 people.

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

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.

Deaths

Hospitalizations

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.

Explore the map of current hospital capacity across Florida.