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Florida COVID update: 11,275 more cases reported, hospitalizations still on the decline

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Florida on Friday reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 11,275 more COVID-19 cases and six deaths, according to Miami Herald calculations of CDC data.

In all, Florida has recorded at least 3,485,148 confirmed COVID cases and 50,817 deaths since the pandemic began. On Thursday, the state surged past 50,000 deaths.

In the past seven days, on average, the state has added 363 deaths and 10,877 cases per day, according to Herald calculations of CDC data. The 363 deaths, reported Friday by the state, tie with Florida’s second-highest seven-day death average per day when tallying deaths by the date when they were reported. The highest number of deaths occurred on Sept. 4, with a seven-day average of 373 deaths per day.

COVID Deaths in South Florida and Manatee County

The CDC’s Community Profile Report now shows county-level death data for Florida’s 67 counties. Here’s where death rates and tolls stand in South Florida, according to the CDC.

As of Thursday’s Profile Report, the most recent, Florida had a death rate of 237 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people since the start of the pandemic.

Miami-Dade County’s death toll sits at 7,730. That’s a rate of 285 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people since the beginning of the pandemic.

Broward County’s death toll sits at 4,090. That’s a rate of 209 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people since the beginning of the pandemic.

Palm Beach County’s death toll sits at 3,514. That’s a rate of 235 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people since the beginning of the pandemic.

Monroe County’s death toll sits at 68. The county has a population of less than 100,000, which means using the CDC’s death rate metric of deaths per 100,000 people would be misleading.

Manatee County’s death toll sits at 824. That’s a rate of 204 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people since the beginning of the pandemic.

Florida COVID-19 vaccine rates

About 11,966,293 eligible Floridians — 55.7% of the state’s population — had completed the two-dose series of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or have completed Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, according to the CDC.

Vaccinations in South Florida and Manatee County

The CDC reported that every county’s level of community transmission was high. Here’s how many people have been fully vaccinated in South Florida, according to the CDC.

In Miami-Dade County, about 1,912,648 people, or 70.4% of the county’s total population, are fully vaccinated.

In Broward County, about 1,158,285 people are fully vaccinated, or 59.3% of the county’s population.

In Palm Beach County, about 846,299 people are fully vaccinated, or 56.5% of the county’s population.

In Monroe County, about 48,883 people are fully vaccinated, or 65.9% of the county’s population.

In Manatee County, about 209,278 people are fully vaccinated, or 51.9% of the county’s population.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Friday report showed there were 9,585 COVID-19 patients reported from 255 Florida hospitals.

That’s 662 fewer patients than Thursday’s report from 253 hospitals. In Friday’s report, COVID-19 patients occupied 16.51% of all inpatient hospital beds, compared with 17.53% in the previous day’s reporting hospitals.

Of the people hospitalized in Florida, 2,443 people were in intensive-care units, a decrease of 69 from the previous day’s report, Herald analyses show. That represents 37.71% of the ICU beds at the 255 hospitals reporting data, compared to 38.14% the previous day.

Friday’s Miami-Dade County report said there were 754 COVID patients in the county’s hospitals on Thursday, a decrease of 69 from the previous day’s report. Of the 66 new COVID patients, 54 (81.81%) had not been vaccinated.

Broward County’s Friday report said there were 810 COVID patients in the county’s hospitals, a decrease of 58 from Thursday’s patient population.

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