Sunday morning’s state of Florida COVID-19 dashboard reported 2,521 new cases and only nine deaths, only one of which came from South Florida.
That death came from Broward County.
Because of weekend differences in the amount of data collected and entered, Sunday’s data reports tend to show smaller case and death counts than the rest of the week. The last two Sundays of case and death counts were 2,564 and 38, respectively, on Sept. 6 and 2,423 and eight on Sept. 13.
For the novel coronavirus pandemic, Florida has 683,754 cases, 13,296 resident deaths (all nine of Sunday’s reported deaths were residents) and 13,459 total deaths.
The state says its daily positive test rate has been under 5% each day since Sept. 10 with an average daily positive rate for the last seven reported days of 4.31%, down from 4.99 for the previous seven days.
Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center puts Florida’s positive test rate for the week that ended with Saturday’s update at 11.78% (166,874 test results received, 19,662 positives).
South Florida Counties
▪ Miami-Dade, which has the most cases and deaths by far, reported 365 new cases, but no deaths to bring its pandemic totals to 166,881 cases and 3,055 deaths. The average daily positive test rate dropped to 4.19% for the last seven days from 5.10% for the previous seven days.
▪ Broward’s pandemic totals are 75,682 cases and 1,320 deaths after 183 new cases and one death. Broward’s reported average daily positive test rates showed minimal change over the last week, from 3.15% to 3.06%.
▪ Palm Beach added 173 new cases (45,329 total) and no deaths (1,277). The average daily positive test rate saw minimal change from the previous week, 4.00% down to 3.99%.
▪ Monroe County reported five new cases and no deaths, leaving its totals at 1,809 and 22.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration reports the number of patients hospitalized statewide with a “primary diagnosis of COVID.” The data, which is updated at least every hour, does not distinguish between the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital intensive care units and those in acute-care beds, which require less attention from nurses.
Previously, the state was providing only the total number of hospitalizations in its statewide and county-level data. Miami-Dade was an exception, with hospitals self-reporting a number of key metrics, including hospitalizations, to the county, which has made this data public for several months.
As of 10:31 Sunday, the AHCA reported 2,289 hospitalizations statewide, up 16 from 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Miami-Dade (312) dropped by six. Broward (239) and Palm Beach (153) rose by nine and 16, respectively. Monroe remained the same at two.
Miami-Dade’s self count of hospitalizations on its New Normal Dashboard says 382, the 14th consecutive day (at least) of reduction. Of those patients, 121 are in Intensive Care Unit beds, a number that’s gone down 10 of the last 13 days.
Florida’s current hospitalization data does not always match the hospitalization data reported in Miami-Dade’s “New Normal” dashboard. Officials say this could be for a number of reasons, including the frequency of daily updates.
Florida reported 26,570 new people tested. The state says it has tested 5,102,203 people with a positive rate of 13.4%. While the Johns Hopkins testing and results numbers for Florida differ on a daily and weekly basis, they align almost perfectly in the overall testing and results numbers.