Okaloosa County's COVID cases fall 34.7%; Florida cases plummet 22.6%
Florida reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 14,564 new cases. That's down 22.6% from the previous week's tally of 18,807 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Florida ranked 49th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 14.2% from the week before, with 509,903 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country's population, Florida had 2.86% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 11 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Okaloosa County reported 113 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 173 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 34,527 cases.
Walton County reported 71 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 56 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 12,790 cases.
Florida does not directly publish county-level death data.
Across Florida, cases fell in 53 counties, with the best declines in Miami-Dade County, with 2,086 cases from 2,731 a week earlier; in Broward County, with 1,472 cases from 1,851; and in Palm Beach County, with 998 cases from 1,377.
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Florida ranked 17th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 68.7% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 66.4%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Sunday, Florida reported administering another 323,220 vaccine doses, including 115,510 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 400,213 vaccine doses, including 105,222 first doses. In all, Florida reported it has administered 28,096,930 total doses.
Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Lafayette County with 261 cases per 100,000 per week; Hamilton County with 125; and Volusia County with 101. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Miami-Dade County, with 2,086 cases; Broward County, with 1,472 cases; and Hillsborough County, with 1,347. Weekly case counts rose in 11 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Volusia, Monroe and Walton counties.
In Florida, 944 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 1,192 people were reported dead.
A total of 3,678,661 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 58,803 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 45,444,260 people have tested positive and 735,941 people have died.
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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Oct. 24.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 3,181
- The week before that: 3,760
- Four weeks ago: 6,921
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 75,101
- The week before that: 78,803
- Four weeks ago: 100,136
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