Okaloosa County's COVID cases up 122.3%; Florida cases surge 40%
COVID-19 cases in Okaloosa and Walton counties jumped dramatically again last week.
Okaloosa reported 1,916 cases in the week that ended Sunday. That was up 122.3% from the previous week, when 862 cases were reported. Throughout the pandemic Okaloosa has reported 38,313 cases.
In Walton, 573 cases were reported in the latest week. That was 127.3% more that a week earlier, when 252 cases were reported. Throughout the pandemic Walton has reported 13,932 cases.
New coronavirus cases also leaped statewide in the week ending Sunday, rising 40% as 423,150 cases were reported. The previous week had 302,179 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Florida ranked fifth 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 increased 75.9% from the week before, with 4,967,431 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country's population, Florida had 8.52% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 49 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
The New Year's holiday weekend significantly disrupted who got tested, how many people got tested, what labs operated and what government agencies reported on time. Many of the New Year's weekend reports were shifted into the latest week, and the previous week was disrupted by late reporting from the weekend of Christmas. Consequently, week-to-week comparisons will be skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they're accurate to what states reported.
Florida does not directly publish county-level death data.
Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Miami-Dade County with 4,065 cases per 100,000 per week; Broward County with 2,573; and Monroe County with 2,336. 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 110,441 cases; Broward County, with 50,254 cases; and Palm Beach County, with 29,147. Weekly case counts rose in 67 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Orange counties.
Florida ranked 18th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 75.3% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 74.3%, 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 668,437 vaccine doses, including 173,693 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 471,604 vaccine doses, including 113,540 first doses. In all, Florida reported it has administered 34,313,030 total doses.
In Florida, 184 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 157 people were reported dead.
A total of 4,633,077 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 62,688 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 60,074,429 people have tested positive and 837,594 people have died.
Florida's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 9.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 15,273
- The week before that: 10,842
- Four weeks ago: 2,712
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 187,807
- The week before that: 147,897
- Four weeks ago: 91,573
Hospitals in 49 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 39 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 50 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.