Florida adds 2,448 covid deaths in one week

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Florida added 2,448 covid deaths to the state’s total last week. As of Sept. 2, the state’s covid death total was 46,324. On Sept. 9, the state’s covid death total was 48,772.

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.

According to health officials, the majority of hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated.

The CDC continues to encourage all who are eligible for vaccination to get the shots.

The Florida Hospital Association update issued Sept. 8, states Florida’s hospitals had 13,774 new covid patients and a total of 31,100 people hospitalized due to covid last week.

State wide, 29.4% of all hospital patients have confirmed COVID-19; 24.9% of COVID-19 patients hospitalized are in ICU and 18.9% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients are on ventilators.

The majority of Florida hospitals – 74.7% – have critical staffing shortages.

“COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline at a rapid pace, dropping more than 20% in the last two weeks,” said Mary C. Mayhew, President and CEO, Florida Hospital Association. “Thanks to increased vaccination with nearly 83% of seniors (65+) and 62% of our population (12+) fully vaccinated.”

She said thanks to the expansion of  availability of monoclonal antibody treatments for those Floridians who test positive, “we anticipate COVID-19 hospitalizations could drop below last year’s peak in the coming weeks.” 

To date, Florida deaths by age are:

• Under age 16: 17 (+4 in the past week);

• Ages 16-29: 307 (+24 in the past week;

• Ages 30-39: 694 (+73 in the past week):

• Ages 40-49: 1,857 (+198 in the past week);

• Ages 50-59: 4,276 (+355 in the past week);

• Ages 60-64: 3,730 (+276 in the past week);

• Ages 65+: 37,891 (+1,518 in the past week).

To date, 1.4% of Floridians who tested positive for COVID-19 have died related to the virus, according to Florida Department of Health.

The majority (90-95%) 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.)

In South Central Florida, for the week of Sept. 3-9:

• Collier County: 74% of those over age 12 are vaccinated; 17.3% new positivity rate; 1,788 new cases for the week; 

• Glades County: 50% of those over age 12 vaccinated; 31.4% new positivity rate; 43 new cases for the week;

• Hendry County: 55% of those over age 12 vaccinated; 24% new positivity rate; 414 new cases for the week’

• Highlands County: 61% of those over age 12 vaccinated; 24% new positivity rate; 741 new cases for the week;

• Martin County: 67% of persons over age 12 vaccinated; 18.5% new positivity rate; 777  new cases for the week;

• Okeechobee County: 47% of persons over age 12 vaccinated; 29% new positivity rate; 377 new cases for the week;

• Palm Beach County: 72% of persons over age 12 vaccinated; 11.6% new case positivity rate; 5,548 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.

 FDOH no longer releases information on hospitalizations or deaths by county.

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