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.
JUST IN: Florida reported 1,071 new COVID deaths this week. This news is devastating to so many families and the predictable result of crushing hospitalization numbers that keep rising. Please get vaccinated and wear your mask. This is terrible. 😷💉 https://t.co/ZKh1K6wOKV
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) August 13, 2021
Florida just posted 1,071 more deaths from COVID and Ron DeSantis is still selling anti-mask, anti-science merchandise.
Take it down, Ron.
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) August 14, 2021