Friday’s Coronavirus Updates: 13,000 new cases and 96 deaths reported

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A nurse prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, as the U.K. health authorities rolled out a national mass vaccination program. U.K. regulators said Wednesday Dec. 9, 2020, that people who have a “significant history’’ of allergic reactions shouldn’t receive the new Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine while they investigate two adverse reactions that occurred on the first day of the country’s mass vaccination program. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, there have been 1,181,483 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,161,953 Florida residents and 19,530 non-Florida residents. There are 20,401 Florida resident deaths reported, 289 non-resident deaths, and 59,602 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

*Numbers are released by the DOH every afternoon.


Total number of recorded cases: 1,181,483 (up from 1,168,483)
Florida resident deaths: 20,401 (up from 20,305)
Non-resident deaths: 289 (unchanged)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 20,690 (up from 20,574)

  • 13,000 total new cases reported Friday
  • 96 new resident deaths reported Friday
  • 0 new non-resident deaths reported Friday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 8.75%
    • This percent is the number of people who test PCR- or antigen-positive for the first time divided by all the people tested that day, excluding people who have previously tested positive. 


Total recorded cases in SWFL: 69,548 (up from 68,909)
Deaths: 1,264 (up from 1,257)

  • 639 total new cases reported Friday
  • 7 new deaths reported Friday

Lee County: 36,145 cases (up from 35,759) – 630 deaths (4 new)
Collier County: 20,629 (up from 20,482) – 315 deaths (1 new)
Charlotte County: 6,384 (up from 6,313) – 212 deaths
DeSoto County: 2,707 (up from 2,694) – 50 deaths (2 new)
Glades County: 734 (up from 732) – 11 deaths
Hendry County: 2,949 (up from 2,929) – 46 deaths

Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

*If not linked, the final report has not yet been made available.


Effective Oct. 27, the Florida Department of Health ceased releasing data showing overall testing numbers. Their statement: “The Florida Department of Health is making adjustments to the COVID-19 dashboard and daily report to provide clear, accurate information for Florida families. Moving forward, the daily report will focus on the number of tests reported to the state by day and the corresponding positivity rate by day. The previously reported cumulative number did not reflect the current status of the pandemic in Florida. This change is in line with the CDC recommendation that calculation of percent positivity [is] applied consistently and with clear communication, will allow public health officials to follow magnitude and trends effectively, and the trends will be useful for local public health decision making.”


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The Florida Department of Health has a 24-hour COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Questions may also be emailed to Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINKFlorida Department of Health COVID-19 updates

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