LAKE MARY, Fla. - State healthcare agencies on Friday released the latest coronavirus numbers in Florida, reporting an increase of 13,719 new cases.
Of the 1,627,603 total coronavirus cases reported in the state since the start of the pandemic, 1,597,849 are Florida residents while 29,442 are non-Florida residents.
The Florida Department of Health says there were an additional 272 deaths, which represents one of the highest days for deaths of Florida residents recorded. The total number of Florida resident deaths is approaching 25,500. In addition, a total of 394 non-Floridians have died in the state.
The state is not reporting a total number of "recovered" coronavirus patients. As of Friday, approximately 6,900 Floridians were currently hospitalized for a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. About 19% of all hospital beds are available statewide.
Statewide, a total of 1,249,804 vaccines have been administered. Of that amount, 1,110,459 people have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 139,345 people have received the second shot. Read more on vaccine data here (PDF).
In Central Florida, Orange County continues to lead the total number of cases (resident and non-resident) reported since the beginning of the pandemic at 96,848, with 893 deaths.
Osceola County reports the second-highest total among Central Florida counties at 31,734 and 333 deaths. Volusia County has also seen a steady increase in numbers and to date has reported 28,850 cases and 492 deaths, while Brevard County reports 27,245 total cases and 603 deaths.
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Coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on objects and surfaces. Others can then contract the virus by touching these objects or surfaces, then their eyes, nose or mouth.
As stated before, symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. They may show in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure, the Florida Department of Health says. Most people recover from COVID-19 without special treatment, but the elderly and those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 and let them know if you have been infected or believe that you may be. If you are infected, a medical professional or another authority will likely advise that you remain isolated while sick. This includes staying at home and not going into public places or large events.
Please visit the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-(866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
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