Florida's COVID-19 death rate, up slightly to 1.5% of positive cases


Florida added 2,468 covid deaths to the state’s total last week. On Sept. 9, the state’s covid death total was 48,772. On Sept. 16, Florida’s covid death toll was 51,240. According to the Florida Department of Health, there is often a delay between the day a person dies and the day the death is added to the total, so some of the covid deaths may have occured before last week. Also, some of last week’s covid deaths may not have yet been added to the total.

The majority of hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated.

To date, Florida deaths by age are:

• Under age 16: 19 (+2 in the past week);

• Ages 16-29: 340 (+33 in the past week);

• Ages 30-39: 792 (+98 in the past week):

• Ages 40-49: 2,022 (+165 in the past week);

• Ages 50-59: 4,643 (+367 in the past week);

• Ages 60-64: 3,992 (+262 in the past week);

• Ages 65+: 39,432 (+1,541 in the past week).

To date, 1.5% of Floridians who tested positive for COVID-19 have died related to the virus (up slightly from 1.4% last week), according to Florida Department of Health. Men have higher death rates from covid than women. To date, 1.2% of women who tested positive have died related to covid, while 1.8% of men who tested positive have died.

In South Central Florida, for the week of Sept. 10-16:

Collier County: 74% of those over age 12 are vaccinated; 12.3% new positivity rate; 1,326 new cases for the week;

Glades County: 50% of those over age 12 vaccinated; 23.9% new positivity rate; 27 new cases for the week;

Hendry County: 56% of those over age 12 vaccinated; 23.6% new positivity rate; 293 new cases for the week’

Highlands County: 61% of those over age 12 vaccinated; 18.9% new positivity rate; 616 new cases for the week;

Martin County: 67% of persons over age 12 vaccinated; 14.2% new positivity rate; 582 new cases for the week;

Okeechobee County: 48% of persons over age 12 vaccinated; 26.2% new positivity rate; 307 new cases for the week;

Palm Beach County: 73% of persons over age 12 vaccinated; 10.0% new case positivity rate; 4,568 new cases for the week.

Florida has more than 1,000 vaccine distribution sites for eligible residents. Vaccines are free at all locations. To find COVID-19 testing or vaccination sites, go online to floridahealthcovid19.gov.

Because vaccinated persons may be infected with the covid delta variant and have no symptoms, the CDC advises everyone – vaccinated or unvaccinated – to wear a face mask in public places where it is not possible to maintain social distance of 6 feet from those not in your immediate household.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, new covid hospitalizations last week included:
• Collier County: 169;
• Glades County: N/A (no hospitals in the county);
• Hendry County: 5;
• Highlands County: 86;
• Okeechobee County: 37;
• Palm Beach County: 401.

The majority of those hospitalized related to COVID-19 are unvaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data. While it is possible for a vaccinated person to contract the covid delta variant, most vaccinated people will have no symptoms or mild symptoms. 

According to the CDC, most of the breakthrough cases occurred in people over the age of 65.

Some medications interfere with the effectiveness of the vaccines. (If you are concerned about the effectiveness of your vaccination, your doctor can order an antibody test to determine if the vaccine worked.)