For second week, COVID cases drop in Okaloosa, Walton counties. How is Florida faring?
Okaloosa County reported 1,452 cases COVID-19 for the week ending Sunday, a 15.5% drop from the previous week when 1,719 cases were reported. Throughout the pandemic the county has reported 32,143 cases.
Walton County reported 370 cases last week, a 34% drop from 561 reported cases a week earlier. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 11,987 cases.
Florida reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 100,249 new cases. That's down 22.4% from the previous week's tally of 129,202 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
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Florida ranked 10th 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 decreased 11.9% from the week before, with 1,010,209 cases reported.
With 6.45% of the country's population, Florida had 9.92% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 19 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Some governments may have delayed reporting across the Labor Day holiday, and people who normally would have been tested might not have been tested then. Week-to-week comparisons may be inaccurate.
Across Florida, cases fell in 64 counties, with the greatest declines in Lee County, with 4,954 cases from 7,583 a week earlier; in Miami-Dade County, with 9,620 cases from 12,080; and in Hillsborough County, with 7,986 cases from 9,800.
Florida ranked 17th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 65.4% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 63.1%, a USA TODAY analysis of the Centers 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 Sunday, Florida reported administering another 530,408 vaccine doses, including 199,585 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 491,942 vaccine doses, including 189,042 first doses. In all, Florida reported it has administered 25,770,898 total doses.
Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Gilchrist County with 1,044 cases per 100,000 per week; Madison County with 1,027; and Hendry County with 971. 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 9,620 cases, Hillsborough County with 7,986 cases and Broward County with 7,059.
In Florida, 2,448 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 2,345 people were reported dead.
A total of 3,452,700 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 48,772 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 40,955,201 people have tested positive and 659,970 people have died.
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 12,269
- The week before that: 14,943
- Four weeks ago: 17,712
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 121,201
- The week before that: 128,256
- Four weeks ago: 111,242
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 email@example.com.