A big drop! Okaloosa County's COVID-19 cases fall 40.4%; Florida cases plummet 24.2%

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

Okaloosa and Walton counties reported far fewer new cases of COVID-19 last week compared to the previous week. 

Okaloosa County reported 865 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 1,452 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 33,008 cases.

Walton County reported 267 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 370 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 12,254 cases.

An infant with COVID lays on a bed at the Renown Children's Hospital in Reno, Nevada, on Aug. 18.

Florida also reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 75,998 new cases. That's down 24.2% from the previous week's tally of 100,249 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Florida ranked 20th 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 1.1% from the week before, with 1,030,256 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country's population, Florida had 7.38% of the country's cases in the past week. Across the country, 36 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Across Florida, cases fell in 63 counties, with the greatest declines in Hillsborough County, with 5,490 cases from 7,986 a week earlier; in Miami-Dade County, with 7,366 cases from 9,620; and in Lee County, with 3,227 cases from 4,954.

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Florida ranked 17th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 66% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 63.8%, a USA TODAY analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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 362,628 vaccine doses, including 138,455 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 530,408 vaccine doses, including 199,585 first doses. In all, Florida reported it has administered 26,133,526 total doses.

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Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Hardee County with 772 cases per 100,000 per week; Holmes County with 734; and Putnam County with 719. The CDC 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 7,366 cases; Hillsborough County, with 5,490 cases; and Broward County, with 5,463. Weekly case counts rose in four counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Putnam, Gulf and Bay counties.

In Florida, 2,468 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 2,448 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,528,698 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 51,240 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 42,087,432 people have tested positive and 673,763 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 12,269
  • The week before that: 14,943
  • Four weeks ago: 17,712

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 121,201
  • The week before that: 128,256
  • Four weeks ago: 111,242