FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Florida reported 22,783 new COVID-19 cases to the CDC from Thursday, a new record for the most in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
The state also released its weekly COVID-19 data report Friday, which shows a seventh consecutive week with an increase in new infections and positivity rate.
That report shows 134,506 new cases from July 30 through Aug. 5 (up from 110,420 a week earlier) and a statewide positivity rate of 18.9% (up from 18.4%).
It equates to an average of more than 19,000 new cases per day. Back as recently as June, the state was reporting fewer than that many cases for entire weeks.
Miami-Dade, the state’s most populous county, had the most new cases last week with 19,639. Broward added 12,590.
Florida ended its daily COVID-19 dashboard last month and now releases a weekly metrics report on Fridays. (The full report can be seen at the bottom of this page.)
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Florida reported the record 22,783 new cases Thursday, breaking the previous high of 21,683 from June 30. Another 20,133 new cases were reported Wednesday.
The CDC’s reporting shows an increase of 523 deaths connected to COVID-19 in Florida over the past week, including 199 reported Thursday.
Florida’s report has the state at 2,725,450 total cases and 39,695 deaths connected to COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak.
Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Florida have also reached their highest level since the start of the pandemic.
ℹ Florida COVID-19 Update for August 5, 2021— Florida Hospital Association (@FLHospitalAssn) August 5, 2021
🔴 Total Confirmed Hospitalizations: 12,516 pic.twitter.com/H3bKHFURpK
“On July 1, Jackson was treating 66 COVID-positive inpatients in our hospitals. As of noon [Thursday], that number is 320,” Jackson Health CEO Carlos Migoya said. “A 385% increase in just over a month.”
Infectious disease experts, hospital leaders and elected officials continue to stress that vaccines are the most effective way of reversing this concerning trend.
Currently, 63% of Floridians 12 and older are vaccinated.
The vaccination rates are higher in South Florida, with 81% of eligible people vaccinated in Miami-Dade, 72% in Broward, 72% in Monroe and 67% in Palm Beach.
The recent surge in cases driven by the contagious Delta variant has led to hours-long lines at COVID-19 testing sites — with new ones opening in Broward and Miami-Dade to handle the demand — and many people are now deciding it’s time to get vaccinated.
Christian Escalona, 17, got his first dose Friday morning at Tropical Park in Southwest Miami-Dade County.
“Well, I see everybody around getting infected, so might as well put the vaccine in,” he said.
It was a decision he made with his father, Juan, who was already vaccinated.
“The decision is a simple one,” Juan Escalona said. “People are dying. Kids don’t understand it, but we decide because he’s only 17. So, in an abundance of caution, we say let’s get the vaccine, so here we are.”
For information on where COVID-19 vaccines and tests are available in South Florida, click here.
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Local 10 News reporter Liane Morejon contributed information to this report.