Florida COVID update: 782 deaths added to state tally; nearly all died in last month

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Miami Herald 07 October, 2021 - 01:11pm

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Central Florida official hopeful as COVID-19 cases continue to drop through state

WESH 2 Orlando 08 October, 2021 - 07:16am

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Across the state of Florida, COVID-19 numbers are improving.

The average number of new cases over the past week has been around 4,000. That’s the lowest numbers have been since early July. Now, Florida is one of the lowest states in new cases per capita.

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Cameron County reports 66 new positive cases of COVID-19, 17 unvaccinated COVID-19 related deaths

KRGV 08 October, 2021 - 07:16am

Cameron County confirmed an additional 66 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county and 19 COVID-19 related deaths, according to a report released Thursday.

The 19 reported deaths occurred in the last month and were retrieved from the Texas Department of State Health Services vital statistics data, which was temporarily unavailable, the report stated.

Of those 19 deaths, 17 were unvaccinated. The total number of Covid-related deaths in Cameron County now stands at 1,983.

Of the 66 cases reported, 19 were from unaccompanied minor shelters and detention centers.

The 66 people who tested positive are in the following age groups:

Since the pandemic began, the county has reported 52,508 cases of COVID-19.

A total of 48,258 people have recovered from the virus in the county, according to the news release.

Vaccination efforts continue across Cameron County; currently 80.79% of the population, 12 years and older, is fully vaccinated.

Florida had nation’s worst COVID-19 death rate during summer surge

Florida Politics 08 October, 2021 - 05:50am

The delta variant-driven summer surge of 2021 was deadlier in Florida than in any other state.

The latest federal COVID-19 reports covering the period since June 20 — which roughly coincided with the time the summer surge began — shows that more people have since been reported to have died of the disease in Florida than in any other state.

Florida’s per-capita rate of reported COVID-19 deaths also has been higher than any other state in the period, which covers though Wednesday.

Florida’s COVID-19 summer surge appears to be largely over, as the number of new confirmed cases has been plummeting for more than a month, and the number of deaths has been falling for a couple of weeks.

The same is mostly true nationally, though some states are seeing increases in their COVID-19 numbers. Most epidemiologists expect that cold states will see their surges peak during colder weather.

For now, as case and death numbers fall back toward where they were in June before the summer surge began, the mortality toll of the disease’s summer outbreak in Florida is coming into clear focus.

More people were reported to have died in Florida since June 20 than in any other state — more than Texas, California, or Arizona. Even when Florida’s large population is factored in, Florida’s per-capita death rate was worse than all other states’, including smaller Southern states that suffered harsh summer surges, such as Louisiana and Arkansas.

Florida Politics examined the Community Profile Reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that were released on June 21, which reported cumulative death data through June 20; and Thursday, which covered data through Wednesday.

Since June 20, 18,040 Floridians were reported to have died of COVID-19, according to the data.

In the same period, the second highest death toll was found in Texas, 14,032. California had the nation’s third highest COVID-19 death toll during that period, with 6,338 reported deaths; followed by Georgia, 5,307; and North Carolina, 3,472.

Since June 20, 84 out of every 100,000 Floridians were reported to have died of COVID-19, according to the CDC data. That rate, adjusting for Florida’s large population, is the worst in the nation.

The second highest per-capita rate was in Mississippi, where 81 deaths were reported per 100,000 people since June 20. The next highest per-capita death rates were Louisiana, 73; Alabama, 67; and Arkansas, 63.

Florida Politics also examined reported COVID-19 deaths by county.

Miami-Dade County suffered more reported deaths than any other county in the nation this summer, with 2,032 recorded since June 20.

Harris County, Texas, home to Houston, had the second-most reported COVID-19 deaths during the period, with 1,908, followed by Los Angeles County, California, with 1,741. Fourth worst nationally was Broward County, with 1,443 reported COVID-19 deaths during the period.

The CDC data covers more than 3,200 American counties and parishes.

Also among the 20 worst counties in the nation for summer COVID-19 deaths were Duval County, with 1,151 deaths reported; Palm Beach County, 1,050; Hillsborough County, 929; Polk County, 884; Pinellas County, 845; Brevard County, 738; Orange County, 692; Lee County, 684; and Marion County, 663.

On a per-capita basis, nearly all the worst counties in America were rural, low-population counties where a few tragic deaths disproportionately drove up mortality rates.

Among America’s 604 counties and parishes with at least 100,000 residents, the six counties with the worst death rates all were in Florida.

Marion County, with a population of 365,579, saw 663 COVID-19 deaths reported since June 20, for a rate of 181 deaths per 100,000 residents during that period. That was the worst in the nation for any county with at least 100,000 residents.

Citrus County reported COVID-19 deaths at the nation’s second highest rate for counties of at least 100,000, with a rate of 180 deaths per 100,000 residents. Hernando County was next at 173; followed by Bay County, 148; Clay County, 140; and Highlands County, 139.

Indian River County, Lake County, Brevard, Polk, Duval, Sumter County, and Pasco counties also had death rates among the 20 worst in the nation among counties with at least 100,000 people.

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

October 7, 2021 at 5:18 pm

Florid is still sitting on deaths from September so the final numbers will be even worse

October 7, 2021 at 5:42 pm

More people in the US have died from Covid in 2021 vs 2020 and we still have a few months to go. So are you gonna blame Biden for this?

October 8, 2021 at 3:36 am

October 8, 2021 at 7:32 am

The GQP is desperate to be right about something, anything.

October 8, 2021 at 7:45 am

We have a governor who mocks Dr. Fauci advice, masks, and much of the science on how to prevent the spread of Covid. People like DeSantis only aid in prolonging the negative effects of Covid.

October 7, 2021 at 8:24 pm

October 8, 2021 at 6:45 am

Here’s a great idea for a political party: first, strongly support all the idiots who refuse to get vaccinated. Second, if you can’t sabotage our recovery from the pandemic, use the federal debt ceiling, which must be raised to pay bills and service debt we have already run up, as a weapon, even if it could tank the economy and immolate people’s investment accounts and savings. Third, if the physical and economic damage isnt enough, harp about our election process so you can undermine our faith in voting. And make sure nobody raises taxes back to 2016 levels on corporations many of which pay nothing. Ooops! One party has already done all that.

October 8, 2021 at 7:22 am

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France to Return Ambassador to Australia After Submarines Fracas

TCPalm 07 October, 2021 - 06:03am

France recalled its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra last month after the announcement of the new AUKUS partnership, under which Australia would receive U.S. nuclear-powered submarine technology, supplanting the need for an existing order for French submarines powered by diesel engines.

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