TAMPA, Fla. — Wednesday's report from the Florida Department of Health showed the state recorded 4,115 new cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 18.
That brings the total number of cases statewide to 584,047 since March.
For four days in a row, Florida has reported daily new cases below 5,000 and Monday reported the fewest new cases in a day since late June.
As of Wednesday, the median age of Floridians testing positive for the virus is 42.
The health department also reported another 174 Floridians had died after testing positive for coronavirus. That brings the total to 9,932 Floridians and 135 non-residents who have died since the pandemic began.
Counting both Floridians and non-residents, 10,067 people in the state have died after testing positive for the virus since March.
That does not necessarily mean those people died on Aug. 18 but rather the state learned of their deaths and added the numbers 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.
However, the state recently 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.
As for testing, Wednesday's report showed 67,822 test results were returned from labs on Aug. 18. Of those tests, 7.08 percent were positive for COVID-19.
That percent positivity is now the lowest the state has seen since June 14.
When it comes to hospitalizations, 5,446 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as their primary diagnosis as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. And, 894 of them are in the Tampa Bay area.
That number for Tampa Bay is now the lowest the area has seen since July 10, when the Agency of Health Care Administration started reporting the data.
A total of 35,200 people in Florida have been hospitalized with COVID-19 at some point during the pandemic.
Here's a breakdown of the new coronavirus cases reported to the state:
- June 21: 2,926
- June 22: 3,286
- June 23: 5,508
- June 24: 5,004
- June 25: 8,942
- June 26: 9,585
- June 27: 8,530
- June 28: 5,266
- June 29: 6,093
- June 30: 6,563
- July 1: 10,109
- July 2: 9,488
- July 3: 11,458
- July 4: 10,059
- July 5: 6,336
- July 6: 7,347
- July 7: 9,989
- July 8: 8,935
- July 9: 11,433
- July 10: 10,360
- July 11: 15,300
- July 12: 12,624
- July 13: 9,194
- July 14: 10,181
- July 15: 13,965
- July 16: 11,466
- July 17: 10,328
- July 18: 12,478
- July 19: 10,347
- July 20: 9,440
- July 21: 9,785
- July 22: 10,249
- July 23: 12,444
- July 24: 12,199
- July 25: 9,344
- July 26: 8,892
- July 27: 9,230
- July 28: 9,446
- July 29: 9,956
- July 30: 8,989
- July 31: 9,643
- August 1: 7,104
- August 2: 4,752
- August 3: 5,446
- August 4: 5,409
- August 5: 7,650
- August 6: 7,686
- August 7: 8,502
- August 8: 6,229
- August 9: 4,155
- August 10: 5,831
- August 11: 8,109
- August 12: 6,236
- August 13: 6,148
- August 14: 6,352
- August 15: 3,779
- August 16: 2,678
- August 17: 3,838
- August 18: 4,115
Breaking down the numbers
Florida, California, and Texas are the only states that have had more than 500,000 cases of coronavirus. California currently has had the most with more than 620,000 cases. As of Aug. 18, Texas had more than 540,000.
On August 9, the United States passed 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, the highest recorded number in the world, according to the Associated Press. However, Florida has now gone more than two weeks without a daily total of newly-confirmed coronavirus cases above 10,000.
The highest single-day case number Florida has reported so far is 15,300 for July 11. However, Florida has not reported a single-day new case number at or higher than 10,000 since late July.
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 previous record was 257 from the July 31 report.
Florida reported 3,588 new deaths (Floridians and non-residents) just in July. At the time, that was more than 50 percent of the total number of deaths reported by the state.
The World Health Organization and infectious disease experts around the globe have recommended a positivity rate of 5 percent or lower for a 14-day span in order to be comfortable reopening.
Florida has not seen a positivity rate at 5 percent since the beginning of June. In July, the state reported positivity rates at double and even triple that recommended percentage.
The reports for Aug. 1 and 2, respectively, showed positivity rates below 10 percent for the first time since June 24. So far in August, the state has reported a positivity rate above 10 percent five times (Aug. 3, 4, 6, 10 and 11).
The positivity rate reported for Aug. 18 (7.08 percent) is the lowest Florida has seen since mid-June.
Florida remains in Phase Two of reopening, which began June 5.
Hospitalizations and ICU bed availability
Cases are climbing, 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 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 5,446 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as their primary diagnosis statewide, and 894 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 35,200 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 10:15 a.m. on August 19
- 27 COVID-19 hospitalizations
- 55 of 285 total staffed hospital beds are available
- 2 COVID-19 hospitalizations
- 32 of 55 total staffed hospital beds are available
- 0 COVID-19 hospitalizations
- 1 of 25 total staffed hospital beds are available
- 42 COVID-19 hospitalizations
- 226 of 729 total staffed hospital beds are available
- 42 COVID-19 hospitalizations
- 29 of 257 total staffed hospital beds are available
- 274 COVID-19 hospitalizations
- 626 of 3,803 total staffed hospital beds are available
- 53 COVID-19 hospitalizations
- 110 of 748 total staffed hospital beds are available
- 59 COVID-19 hospitalizations
- 255 of 1,392 total staffed hospital beds are available
- 184 COVID-19 hospitalizations
- 586 of 2,873 total staffed hospital beds are available
- 147 COVID-19 hospitalizations
- 302 of 1,618 total staffed hospital beds are available
- 75 COVID-19 hospitalizations
- 216 of 1,214 total staffed hospital beds are available