Finally relief for Okaloosa, Walton as COVID-19 cases drop about 6%

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

Okaloosa and Walton counties and the state of Florida recorded fewer new cases of COVID-19 during the week ending Sunday compared to the previous week.

Okaloosa County reported 1,719 cases last week. A week earlier, it had reported 1,826 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 30,691 cases.

Walton County reported 561 cases last week. It had reported 756 cases a week earlier. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 11,617 cases.

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Florida reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 129,202 new cases. That's down 14.9% from the previous week's tally of 151,760 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Florida ranked seventh among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week, coronavirus cases in the United States increased 5.2% from the week before, with 1,146,098 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country's population, Florida had 11.27% of the country's cases in the past week. Across the country, 44 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Florida no longer publishes county-level death data.

Across Florida, cases fell in 56 counties, with the greatest declines in Miami-Dade County, with 12,080 cases from 16,621 a week earlier; in Broward County, with 8,845 cases from 11,655; and in Hillsborough County, with 9,800 cases from 11,887.

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Florida ranked 19th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 64.4% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 62.3%, a USA TODAY analysis of Center for Disease Control and Prevention data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Saturday, Florida reported administering another 585,265 vaccine doses, including 226,659 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 578,092 vaccine doses, including 242,577 first doses. In all, Florida reported it has administered 25,240,490 total doses.

Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Taylor County with 1,470 cases per 100,000 per week; Hendry County with 1,359; and Hardee County with 1,329. The CDC says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Miami-Dade County, with 12,080 cases; Hillsborough County, 9,800 cases; and Broward County, 8,845 cases. Weekly case counts rose in 11 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Martin, Hendry and Putnam counties.

In Florida, 2,345 people were reported dead from COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 1,727 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,352,451 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 46,324 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States, 39,944,987 people have tested positive and 648,468 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Thursday, Sept. 2.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 14,456
  • The week before that: 16,876
  • Four weeks ago: 15,521

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 128,205
  • The week before that: 128,869
  • Four weeks ago: 95,496

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.