Florida COVID Deaths Soar 74% Versus Previous Week

Florida Politics reports:

Florida recorded 1,071 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report released Friday afternoon by the Florida Department of Health.

That total — similar to what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed for Florida in that agency’s most recent seven-day total — represents the worst week for COVID-19 deaths since January and February, when the winter surge was at its deadliest.

On Friday, Florida reported that 40,766 people have now died of COVID-19 in Florida, through Thursday. Florida’s cumulative death total has been rising fast in the past three or four weeks, suggesting the surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations that started hitting Florida hospitals in mid-July are now turning fatal.

The Miami Herald reports:

Florida, which makes up about 6.5% of the U.S. population, accounted for 16.9% of the country’s newly confirmed cases on Thursday, based on data the state is reporting to the CDC. As of Aug. 12, the state’s seven-day moving average of new cases was 21,375, up from a moving average of 4,469 on July 12. That number represents roughly a 378% increase, stemming from the highly contagious delta variant.

Over the last week, from Aug. 6 to Aug. 12, Florida reported 151,764 cases, and 1,071 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health’s weekly report, released on Fridays. The number of deaths reflect a 73.9% increase over last week, when the state reported 616 weekly deaths. The state’s percent positivity held this past week at 18.5%, the report said. High positivity rates indicate community spread.