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Florida Adds 11,423 Coronavirus Cases, 207 Deaths

Screenshot of Florida's coronavirus dashboard on Jan. 28.
Florida Department of Health
The Tampa Bay region reported another 2,003 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.

It's the highest number of new cases — and lowest percent positivity rate — reported in a single day since Saturday.

Another 11,423 people in Florida tested positive for the coronavirus since Wednesday.

It's the first time the state has reported new cases above 10,000 since Saturday. But Thursday's positivity rate of 7.7 percent was also lower than it had been in almost a week.

The Florida Department of Health recorded another 207 COVID-19 related deaths since Wednesday; 39 of those were in the greater Tampa Bay region.

While the deaths were recorded Thursday, they may have occurred in the days or weeks prior.

As of Thursday evening, 6,566 people are currently hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, continuing a steady decline over the past few days. Hospitalizations were also down slightly in the Tampa Bay area.

Almost 1.57 million people have received a coronavirus vaccine in Florida, with 247,330 getting both doses.

State Totals (as of Thursday, Jan. 28):

  • Positive Tests – 1,687,594
  • Deaths – 26,456

Daily Changes:


  • Positive Tests – 11,423| Deaths – 207

Greater Tampa Bay Region:

  • Positive Tests – 2,003 | Deaths – 39

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 174,453 | Positivity Rate – 7.7%

ABOUT THE DATA: The Florida Department of Health produces a daily update around 11 a.m. with information about COVID-19 cases and deaths that were reported over the previous 24 hours. Cases and deaths in the report may have happened days or weeks earlier, according to state officials. The state separately tracks cases and deaths that occurred on specific days on its dashboard and those totals are frequently updated.

Florida COVID-19 daily total of positive tests/deaths for the last two weeks:

  • Jan. 28: 11,423/207
  • Jan. 27: 8,408/169
  • Jan. 26: 9,594/231
  • Jan. 25: 8,720/156
  • Jan. 24: 9,535/132
  • Jan. 23: 12,311/156
  • Jan. 22: 13,719/277
  • Jan. 21: 12,873/163
  • Jan. 20: 11,914/145
  • Jan. 19: 9,816/163
  • Jan. 18: 8,002/142
  • Jan. 17: 11,093/135
  • Jan. 16: 12,119/211
  • Jan. 15: 16,875/188
NOTE: The Florida Department of Health discontinued daily coronvirus updates on June 4, 2021.

I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.
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