No coronavirus report during Memorial Day weekend, Florida health department says

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There will be no statewide updates on the number of newly recorded coronavirus cases and deaths throughout Memorial Day weekend, along with other closely monitored pandemic data.

COVID-19 updates are on pause for the holiday weekend and will resume on Tuesday, June 1, according to a Friday tweet from the Florida Department of Health.

This comes after the health department reported its lowest positivity rate this year, with Friday serving as the sixth straight day of Florida having under 3,000 reported infections.

A daily update on coronavirus is available through the state’s COVID-19 dashboard and a document that details more specific data, including positivity rates over time, the distribution of infections and deaths among age groups and county-by-county figures.

The latest coronavirus numbers

Florida added 2,338 coronavirus cases Friday to bring the cumulative total to 2,320,818. With 41 more fatalities, 36,774 Florida residents are now dead.

Each report includes deaths from several previous days, as it can take two weeks or more for fatalities to be logged.

As of Friday’s report, the latest seven-day case count is 15,958, compared with 18,657 in the previous seven days. The latest seven-day death toll is 333, compared with 441 one week earlier.

To date, 96,598 people have been hospitalized in Florida, according to the state’s report, which includes 164 newly reported hospitalizations since Thursday’s update.

Across the state, 2,002 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of May 28, 2:11 p.m. including 122 in Orange County, 46 in Osceola, 33 in Lake, and 47 in Seminole.

The state’s online tool updates several times throughout the day.

Statewide, 10,213,280 people, or 48%, have received at least one vaccination shot, including 8,187,878, or 38%, who have completed their shot regimens. The count is a snapshot through Thursday, based on the report released Friday.

Of those who have received at least the first dose, 3,828,787, or 88%, are over the age of 65.

Among ages 15 and older, 10,136,592, or 57%, have received at least the first dose.

To date, 13,328,451 people have been tested in Florida, 25,186 more than Thursday’s total.

A detailed breakdown of who has been vaccinated so far can be found here.

Statewide, the latest positivity rate reported Friday for Thursday’s test results by the Florida Department of Health was 3.06%, but that’s for new cases only and excludes anyone who previously tested positive.

Central Florida added 531 cases Friday for a total of 422,792: 171 more in Orange for 142,541; 98 more in Polk for 70,908; 75 in Osceola for 46,052; 47 in Volusia for 44,745; 38 in Brevard for 42,856; 56 in Seminole for 35,243; 36 in Lake for 30,960; and 10 in Sumter for 9,487.

There were 14 new deaths across all eight Central Florida counties bringing the region’s toll to 6,405. Polk County has the most coronavirus fatalities in the region with 1,378, followed by 1,302 in Orange, 903 in Brevard, 840 in Volusia, 664 in Lake, 525 in Osceola, 512 in Seminole and 281 in Sumter.

See details on all Central Florida cases here.

The most recently available breakdown of Florida’s coronavirus cases can be found here. The most recently available county-by-county data can be found here.

List of mobile coronavirus and antibody testing sites in Central Florida by county

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Symptoms? Do this

Are you feeling stressed or depressed from the COVID19 outbreak? There are resources available for you. You can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or visit https://www.samhsa.gov/disaster-preparedness

How to protect yourself

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with people in poor health.

  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Questions? Here are numbers to call

The Florida Department of Health has set up a call center to answer questions about coronavirus. There’s a number for Orange County, too.

The Florida Department of Health’s number is 1-866-779-6121 and is available Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents may also email questions to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

In Orange County, the number to call is 407-723-5004; it’s available Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For mental-health help, here is a list of resources.

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