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New Coronavirus Cases Declining In Florida While Deaths Remain High

Screenshot of Florida's coronavirus dashboard on Feb. 22.
Florida Department of Health
While the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida seems to be steadily declining since the holiday surge, deaths reported each day remain high for the most part.

Death figures typically lag a few weeks behind cases, so it’s possible the numbers will start to decline later this month if downward trends for new positive tests continue.

The number of new coronavirus cases in Florida seems to be steadily declining.

The state recorded 4,151 positive tests on Monday. Florida has typically been adding 5,000-7,000 new cases a day in recent weeks. The last time Florida recorded more than 10,000 cases in a single day was Feb. 5.

But the number of deaths reported daily hasn't changed much since the holiday surge. The state added another 161 deaths to its COVID-19 toll on Monday.

Death figures typically lag a few weeks behind cases, so it’s possible the numbers will start to decline later this month if downward trends for new positive tests continue.

On Monday afternoon the nation prepared to mourn the loss of 500,000 Americans to COVID-19. More than 30,000 of those deaths occurred in Florida.

While hospitalizations in Florida have declined significantly in the new year, they rose slightly for the first time in a week on Monday. There were 4,175 people hospitalized in the state with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 on Monday afternoon, up 17 from the day before.

Nearly 2.7 million people have received a coronavirus vaccine in Florida, including more than 520,000 in the greater Tampa Bay region.

About 1.4 million people statewide have received both doses.

State Totals (as of Monday, Feb. 22):

  • Positive Tests – 1,872,923
  • Deaths – 30,595

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 4,151 | Deaths – 161
  • Greater Tampa Bay Region: Positive Tests – 851 | Deaths - 30

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 72,226 | Positivity Rate – 6.82%

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. 22: 4,151/161
  • Feb. 21: 5,065/95
  • Feb. 20: 7,280/125
  • Feb. 19: 6,683/224
  • Feb. 18: 5,117/166
  • Feb. 17: 7,342/165
  • Feb. 16: 6,297/225
  • Feb. 15: 3,615/159
  • Feb. 14: 5,436/96
  • Feb. 13: 7,515/118
  • Feb. 12: 7,617/190
  • Feb. 11: 8,525/180
  • Feb. 10: 7,537/165
  • Feb. 9: 7,023/239

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