Breaking News
More () »

Coronavirus in Florida: State reports 1,700 new cases, low number of tests

An additional 150 people have died statewide after testing positive for the virus.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida added 1,700 coronavirus cases for Feb. 28, according to the Florida Department of Health's latest report.

A total of 1,910,921 people in Florida have tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began.

On Monday, the state reported another 147 Floridians and three non-residents had died after testing positive for COVID-19. That brings the total to 30,852 residents and 554 non-residents who have died since the pandemic began – a total of 31,556 deaths in the state related to the virus.

Those numbers do not necessarily mean those people died Sunday, 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 6.32 percent of 33,559 test results returned from labs were positive for coronavirus through Feb. 28. It is the fewest number of tests recorded since the start of the year, which might account for the drop-off in the number of new cases.

A similar low testing day occurred in mid-October, with 1,701 cases reported on Oct. 18.

The median age of Floridians testing positive is 41.

As for hospitalizations, 3,673 people in Florida were hospitalized with coronavirus as their primary diagnosis as of Monday afternoonOf those, 860 patients were in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, a total of 79,426 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 since February:

  • February 1: 10,533
  • February 2: 6,979
  • February 3: 7,711
  • February 4: 11,543
  • February 5: 7,486
  • February 6: 6,624
  • February 7: 5,737
  • February 8: 7,023
  • February 9: 7,537 
  • February 10: 8,525
  • February 11: 7,617
  • February 12: 7,515 
  • February 13: 5,436
  • February 14: 3,615
  • February 15: 6,297
  • February 16: 7,342 
  • February 17: 5,117
  • February 18: 6,683
  • February 19: 7,280
  • February 20: 5,065
  • February 21: 4,151
  • February 22: 5,610
  • February 23: 7,128 
  • February 24: 6,640
  • February 25: 5,922 
  • February 26: 5,459
  • February 27: 5,539
  • February 28: 1,700
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. The United States has more than 28.6 million coronavirus cases as of March 1, the highest recorded number in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

California and Texas have 3.5 and 2.6 million cases, respectively.

Florida'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 been on the decrease in recent weeks, 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 March 1, 3,673 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as their primary diagnosis statewide, and 860 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 79,426 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 1:30 p.m. March 1


  • 28 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 89 of 308 total staffed hospital beds are available


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


  • 0 COVID-19 hospitalization
  • 1 of 25 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 44 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 195 of 730 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 34 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 34 of 257 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 225 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 901 of 4,093 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 68 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 109 of 789 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 72 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 268 of 1,452 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 188 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 826 of 3,129 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 138 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 364 of 1,704 total staffed hospital beds are available


  • 55 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 174 of 1,310 total staffed hospital beds are available

►Breaking news and weather alerts: Get the free 10 Tampa Bay app

Stay In the Know! Sign up now for the Brightside Blend Newsletter