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Coronavirus in Florida: State reports 15,445 new cases

The percent positivity for new cases remains above 10 percent.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Following two days of single-day highs in the number of daily COVID-19 cases, Florida added 15,445 new coronavirus cases for Jan. 8, according to the Department of Health's latest report.

A total of 1,464,697 people in Florida have tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began.

Last month, Florida became the third state to report more than 1 million cases, after California and Texas. Florida alone added 315,149 new cases of COVID-19 in December -- roughly 6,000 fewer cases than the peak in July.

So far this January, the state has reported 141,382 cases.

On Saturday, the state also reported another 138 Floridians and one non-resident had died after testing positive for COVID-19. That brings the total to 22,804 residents and 346 non-residents who have died since the pandemic began -- a total of 23,150 deaths in the state related to the virus.

Those numbers do not necessarily mean those people died Saturday, but rather the state learned of their deaths and added the number to the report that day. The state's line-by-line report, which you can read here, lists coronavirus deaths by the date the people tested positive for the virus, not the date they passed.

Credit: Florida Department of Health

As for testing, the health department reported 10.79 percent of 162,481 test results returned from labs were positive for coronavirus through Jan. 8.

The median age of Floridians testing positive is 40.

As for hospitalizations, 7,424 people in Florida were hospitalized with coronavirus as their primary diagnosis as of Saturday afternoon. Of those, 1,725 patients were in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, a total of 65,401 people in Florida were hospitalized with the virus at some point during the pandemic.

Here's a breakdown of new coronavirus cases reported to the state in December and the beginning of the new year:

  • December 1: 9,994
  • December 2: 10,870
  • December 3: 10,177 
  • December 4: 10,431
  • December 5: 8,436
  • December 6: 7,711
  • December 7: 7,985
  • December 8: 9,592
  • December 9: 11,335
  • December 10: 11,699
  • December 11: 10,577
  • December 12: 8,958
  • December 13: 8,452
  • December 14: 9,411
  • December 15: 11,541
  • December 16: 13,148
  • December 17: 13,000
  • December 18: 11,682
  • December 19: 8,401
  • December 20: 11,015
  • December 21: 10,434
  • December 22: 11,384
  • December 23: 13,147
  • December 24: Report not released due to Christmas
  • December 25: 17,042
  • December 26: 7,391
  • December 27: 8,198
  • December 28: 12,075
  • December 29: 13,871
  • December 30: 17,192
  • December 31: Report not released due to the new year
  • January 1: 31,518
  • January 2: 10,603
  • January 3: 11,256
  • January 4: 15,431
  • January 5: 17,783 
  • January 6: 19,816 
  • January 7: 19,530
  • January 8: 15,445
Credit: Florida Department of Health

Understanding the numbers

Since mid-July, daily reported COVID-19 cases in Florida remained under 10,000. And, between Sept. 1 and Oct. 16, daily reported cases stayed below 4,000.

That changed on Nov. 15, when the state reported 10,105 new cases for the day prior.

The highest single-day case number Florida has reported so far is 19,816 for Jan. 6. The report released on Jan. 2 of 31,518 newly-reported cases is higher, but that reported combined updates for Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

The lowest single-day case number the state has reported since early June is 738 confirmed on Sept. 28.

On Oct. 30, Florida became the third state to cross the 800,000 reported COVID-19 cases mark. Then on Dec. 1, Florida became the third state to surpass 1 million confirmed cases. As of Jan. 6, California and Texas have 2.6 and 1.9 million cases, respectively, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

According to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, the United States has more than 21.9 million coronavirus cases as of Jan. 6, the highest recorded number in the world.

The state's report released on Aug. 11 of 277 newly confirmed deaths was the highest seen from the state in a single day's report.

The state added a section to its daily report (on page 5) that shows deaths by date of death. This data has been reported daily on Florida's COVID-19 dashboard. The graph for deaths by date of death is subject to change, though, because the information reported to the state can be delayed up to two weeks. So, for consistency, our charts have stuck to new deaths added by the date they were added. For transparency, you can always reference the state's data here.

The positivity rate is crucial for reopening. The World Health Organization has repeatedly said it must remain at 5 percent or lower for a 14-day span for the agency to recommend reopening.

However, it can be somewhat misleading: The number of people tested statewide varies each day. Health officials say they would like to see a high -- but steady -- number of people tested every day and a suppressed percent positivity figure.

Florida has been in "Phase 3" of reopening since Sept. 25, when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order guaranteeing restaurants the right to operate and lifting state-level capacity restrictions on them.

Credit: Florida Department of Health

Hospitalizations and ICU bed availability

New cases have risen significantly in recent months, but what about hospitalizations?

Tracking hospitalizations got easier on July 10 when the Agency for Health Care Administration began publishing a spreadsheet with the number of people currently checked-in for coronavirus-related complications in Florida. The data only includes people whose "primary diagnosis" was COVID-19.

As of Jan. 9, 7,424 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as their primary diagnosis statewide, and 1,725 of them were in the Tampa Bay area. Those numbers are frequently updated, and you can click here for the most recent data, which is also broken down by county.

Since the pandemic began, the state confirms a total of 65,401 residents were hospitalized at some point during their illness.

The Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) also updates total hospital bed and ICU availability by county.

Click here for a breakdown of adult and pediatric ICU bed availability by county. You can also check ICU availability by the hospital.

Hospitalizations around Tampa Bay and total staffed hospital bed capacity status:

**Data as of 12:45 p.m. Jan. 9, 2021


  • 69 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 42 of 292 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 8 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 25 of 58 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 0 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 2 of 25 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 93 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 177 of 758 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 68 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 24 of 280 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 432 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 720 of 4,015 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 72 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 107 of 775 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 170 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 311 of 1,456 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 386 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 746 of 3,198 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 287 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 273 of 1,680 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 140 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 128 of 1,300 total staffed hospital beds are available

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