Florida records 2,345 more deaths, 5.5% increase in child hospitalizations in new COVID-19 report

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — For the first time since June, the latest Florida Department of Health report shows a declining number of new COVID-19 cases in the past week.

In the latest report, 129,202 cases were confirmed among Florida residents from August 27 to September 2. Florida DOH switched to weekly data reports in early June 2021. The new positivity rating for COVID-19 cases is now recorded at 15.2%, a decrease from the previous reports 16.8%.

The previous week’s report showed 151,760 new cases from Aug. 20 to Aug. 26, as the number of new daily cases averaged roughly 20,000 per day.

Week-over-week, the total deaths from COVID-19 increased by more than 2,345.

The most recent total of COVID-19 deaths in Florida is 46,324, versus last week’s reported total of 43,979. The DOH reports 433 Floridians died from the novel coronavirus last week, compared to 389 the week before. Both numbers are likely to rise as deaths are reported to the state from county officials, a process that can take weeks, resulting in a lag in the reported deaths in each week’s report.

While the number of new cases confirmed in the past week went down by more than 30,000 compared to the week before, the number of hospitalizations has also decreased by nearly 14% according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compared to the prior seven-day average, hospitalizations across all age groups collectively are down 13.9%, 1,797 hospitalizations on average over seven days, from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.

Month-to-month, 270,747 COVID-19 hospitalizations have been recorded in Florida across all age groups, according to the CDC.

Still, for patients younger than 18, the number of hospitalizations is up. The CDC reports a 5.5% increase in hospitalizations for those between 0 and 17-years-old. There were 65 patients in this age group admitted per day over the past seven days.

Vaccinations in Florida are up compared to the previous week. As of Aug. 26, 12,916,873 total Florida residents had been vaccinated. In the past week, 13,124,436 total residents have been vaccinated, marking a 207,563 increase of vaccinated Floridians.

Week-to-week, the latest report shows 462,269 people received as shot, mixed between first doses, second doses, and series completes to account for all three authorized vaccines, the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson shots.

While vaccines are still only available to those 12-years-of-age or older, vaccination rates among the younger populations have increased slightly.

Compared to the previous week, vaccines among 12- to 19-years-olds and 20 to 29-year-olds both increased by 1%, to 50% and 49%, respectively. Overall, the state’s population of vaccinated residents has increased by 1% from 68% vaccinated to 69% vaccinated, according to the Health Department.

State data does not show information about which specific variants of COVID-19 residents have been infected with, but the CDC reports that the delta variant makes up between 98.1-99.8% of all cases of the virus.

The majority of recent infections were among those aged 30 to 39-years-old, according to the DOH weekly report, though the age group with the highest positivity rating are those 12 to 19-years-old, at 21.1% positive.

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