Florida COVID report: Two weeks of county cases and deaths reported after a glitch

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MATIAS J. OCNER/mocner@miamiherald.com

What does the COVID-19 situation look like in Florida this week?

In the past seven days, the state has added 8,627 cases and 20 deaths per day, on average, according to Miami Herald calculations of data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Over the past three weeks, on average, 273 more cases were logged each day in Florida, showing an increase in trends.

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As of Tuesday, May 24, more than 14,443,700 people are fully vaccinated in Florida. The state has logged at least 6,090,530 cases and 74,378 deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The number of cases is likely an undercount due to positive results from at-home COVID testing. The state also only tracks resident cases and deaths, excluding non-residents.

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Here’s a breakdown of what to know this week:

South Florida and Manatee County COVID-19 Cases

In the period of May 6-19, Florida saw 99,630 new cases, according to Miami Herald calculations of the CDC’s Community Profile Report published Tuesday.

New cases included two weeks’ worth of changes due to a reporting error that caused the CDC not to report data last week.

Here’s a breakdown of how many new COVID cases were reported in South Florida and Manatee County, according to the report.

Miami-Dade reported 26,208 new resident cases in the two-week span. The county’s resident case total is 1,242,434.

From May 11 to May 17, 95,244 tests were administered, the CDC reported. This may be an undercount due to delayed reporting, the agency said. Testing increased by 13% from the previous week.

Broward reported 12,930 new resident cases. The county’s resident case total is 630,368.

From May 11 to May 17, 41,838 tests were administered, the CDC reported. Testing increased by 12% from the previous week.

Palm Beach reported 7,761 new resident cases. The county’s resident case total stands at 385,618.

From May 11 to May 17, 23,653 tests were administered, the CDC reported. Testing increased by 11% from the previous week.

Monroe reported 293 new resident cases. The county’s resident case total is 19,113.

From May 11 to May 17,914 tests were administered, the CDC reported. Testing increased by 11% from the previous week.

Manatee reported 1,536 new resident cases. The county’s resident case total is 99,385.

From May 11 to May 17, 3,879 tests were administered, the CDC reported. Testing decreased by 0.64% from the previous week.

South Florida and Manatee County COVID deaths

Florida has added 270 deaths in the past two weeks, according to Miami Herald calculations of the CDC’s Tuesday Community Profile Report.

It is unclear when these newly reported deaths occurred. The Community Profile Report updates Florida’s county tolls and rates about once every seven days.

As of Tuesday’s Community Profile Report, Florida had a rate of 346 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people since the start of the pandemic.

Here’s where death rates and tolls stand in South Florida and Manatee County, according to the CDC:

Miami-Dade’s death toll is 10,957, an increase of 36 deaths in the last two weeks report. That’s a rate of 403 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people since the beginning of the pandemic.

Broward’s death toll is 5,873, an increase of 21. That’s a rate of 301 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people.

Palm Beach’s death toll is 5,073, an increase of 14. That’s a rate of 339 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people.

Monroe’s death toll is 119; no new deaths were reported. The county would be at a death rate of 160 deaths per 100,000 people if its population were that large.

Manatee’s death toll is 1,440, an increase of six. Manatee has a rate of 357 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people.

Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of people hospitalized with COVID has continued to increase. There were 2,157 people hospitalized in Florida, with 195 in the ICU, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services report on Tuesday.

Over the past three weeks, on average, 42 more people were hospitalized each day in Florida, showing an increase in hospital trends. ICU patients are also trending upward with 5 more people in the unit each day, on average, over the past three weeks.

Although newly reported cases during the omicron surge surpassed those reported during the delta surge, hospitalizations have not.

At delta’s August peak, more than 15,000 patients were hospitalized in Florida, according to HHS data.

Miami-Dade County no longer collects and reports COVID hospitalizations data in its “COVID-19 Daily Dashboard.”

Florida COVID-19 vaccinations

About 14,431,003 eligible Floridians — 67.2% of the state’s population — have 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.

About 5,855,653 Floridians have received a booster, about 40.6% of the state’s fully vaccinated population.

Here’s how many people have received a booster in South Florida and Manatee County, according to the CDC:

In Miami-Dade, about 786,041 people, or 33.8% of the fully vaccinated population, have received a booster.

In Broward, about 557,534 people, or 39.8% of the fully vaccinated population, have received a booster.

In Palm Beach, about 437,859 people, or 43.9% of the fully vaccinated population, have received a booster.

In Monroe, about 22,644 people, or 38.7% of the fully vaccinated population, have received a booster.

In Manatee, about 112,419 people, or 44.9% of the fully vaccinated population, have received a booster.

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