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Polk County Surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 Deaths, State Approaches 28,000

Screenshot of Florida coronavirus dashboard on Feb. 5.
Florida Department of Health
The state added more than 11,000 cases on Friday, but its positivity rate of 5.8% was lower than previous days.

The state recorded more than 1,200 additional COVID-19-related deaths this week, but hospitalizations continue to decline.

Florida recorded another 11,543 people tested positive for the coronavirus since Thursday's report.

This week, the state added more than 59,000 cases, bringing the total to

The Florida Department of Health also recorded 215 COVID-19 related deaths on Friday.

Seventeen of those deaths occurred in Polk County, bringing its death toll past 1,000.

Pinellas County added 18 deaths, while Hillsborough County reported 10 deaths.

While the deaths were recorded Friday, they may have occurred in the days or weeks earlier.

The state has recorded 27,913 deaths, including 1,228 this week. It's the third week in a row the state has posted more than 1,200 deaths.

At the same time, hospitalizations in the state have been steadily declining.

As of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, 5,428 people statewide were hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, down about 950 since last week.

Nearly 224,000 tests were returned on Thursday, almost 84,000 more than the daily average over the last two weeks.

The state's positivity rate of 5.8% recorded Thursday was also lower than recent days.

Almost 1.9 million people have received coronavirus vaccines in the state, with over 554,500 receiving both doses.

State Totals (as of Friday, Feb.5):

  • Positive Tests – 1,763,873
  • Deaths – 27,913

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 11,543 | Deaths - 215
  • Greater Tampa Bay Region: Positive Tests – 1,923 | Deaths - 47

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 223,816 | Positivity Rate – 5.8%

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:

  • Feb. 5: 11,543/215
  • Feb. 4: 7,711/226
  • Feb. 3: 6,979/203
  • Feb. 2: 10,533/140
  • Feb. 1: 5,730/214
  • Jan. 31: 7,788/120
  • Jan. 30: 15,019/110
  • Jan. 29: 10,976/229
  • 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
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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