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How to find the latest on Florida COVID-19 testing sites, cases, hospitalizations, vaccines and more

Daylina Miller
WUSF Public Media
The Florida Department of Health has a searchable database of vaccine locations across the state.

WUSF has created a guide to help you keep up to date on the latest information about the coronavirus and its impacts to Florida and the United States.

Most states, including Florida, are experiencing high levels of community transmission of the coronavirus, fueled by the spread of the highly contagious omicron, which has spread faster than any other variant.

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to increase, especially in areas with lower vaccination rates.

While the number of people getting vaccinated also continues to increase, many people remain unsure about getting vaccinated, and others do not plan to do so.

RELATED: Testing Locations And How To Register For Vaccines Across Tampa Bay

On July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention once again recommended that all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.

While vaccinated people can still develop COVID-19, they are far less likely to get severely sick or die than people who are unvaccinated.

WUSF has gathered some resources below to help you stay up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 information, and make the best decisions for you and your family.

Florida Testing Sites

The state health department also has a searchable database of testing sites, broken down by county. For additional assistance, reach out to your local County Health Department.

WUSF has also has a county-by-county guide of where to receive a vaccine or test across the greater Tampa Bay region.

Monoclonal Antibody Sites

The Florida Department of Health has a website that shows locations across the state where monoclonal antibody treatments are now available.

CDC Covid Tracker

Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the United States, updated daily by 8 p.m. ET. You can also search by state.

The latest county-level data for each state (including cases, deaths and level of community transmission) can be downloaded from COVID Data Tracker’s County View page.

Florida’s Weekly Situation Report

The weekly report is updated every Friday afternoon. It includes information like the weekly number of new cases, deaths, and vaccines, and includes a county-by-county breakdown.

Cases By School

School districts across the greater Tampa Bay region have set up dashboards to track cases at individual schools. Here's a link to a county-by-county list of dashboards.

Nursing Home Cases

The AARP Public Policy Institute, in collaboration with the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio, created the AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard to provide four-week snapshots of the virus’ infiltration into nursing homes and impact on nursing home residents and staff.

This dashboard has tracked five categories of impact since summer 2020, as well as vaccination rates of nursing home residents and health care staff, and is updated every month to track trends over time.

COVID-19 Dashboard By USF Epidemiologist

Jason L. Salemi, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of South Florida, created a dashboard that uses publicly available information. It emphasizes Florida data while making national comparisons.

It includes:

  1. Weekly COVID-19 Cases Among Florida Residents
  2. Weekly COVID-19 Testing Volume and New Test Positivity
  3. Weekly Vaccination Doses and Rates
  4. Age Distribution of New People Vaccinated Each Week
  5. Map Comparing County-Level Vaccination Rates
  6. Map Comparing County-Level Case Rates During the Past Week
  7. Map Comparing County-Level Positivity During the Past Week
  8. Trends in New Cases, Positivity, and People Vaccinated, by County
  9. Trends in New Cases, Positivity, and People Vaccinated, by Sociodemographic Characteristics
  10. Weekly COVID-19 Deaths and Cumulative Mortality Rate

Florida Hospitalizations

Hospital information is reported to HHS Protect by all hospitals registered with Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) as of June 1, 2020.

Search for an address to learn more about nearby hospitals and the weekly capacity and admissions data they've been reporting.

You can also view inpatient and ICU bed information.

Florida Vaccine Locator

The Florida Department of Health has a map that shows where COVID-19 vaccines are being administered across the state.

Appointments may be required, and specific vaccine types and brands may not be available at all sites, so review the location’s instructions (for example, you may need to schedule an appointment online).

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