Friday’s Coronavirus Updates: 16,875 new cases and 186 new deaths reported

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A healthcare worker tests a patient at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at the Duke Energy for the Arts Mahaffey Theater on July 8, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, there have been 1,548,067 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,519,944 Florida residents and 28,123 non-Florida residents. There are 23,799 Florida resident deaths reported, 370 non-resident deaths, and 67,463 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 22 positive cases of COVID-19 variants as of Jan. 15. The type of variants is not specified on the table. Florida Department of Health and the CDC were previously investigating the evidence of the first known case of what is known as the UK COVID-19 variant on Dec. 31, 2020.

*Numbers are released by the DOH every afternoon.


Total number of recorded cases: 1,548,067 (up from 1,531,192)
Florida resident deaths: 23,799 (up from 23,613)
Non-resident deaths: 370 (up from 368)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 24,169 (up from 23,981)

  • 16,875 total new cases reported Friday
  • 186 new resident deaths reported Friday
  • 2 new non-resident deaths reported Friday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 10.17%
    • 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: 89,459 (up from 88,652)
Deaths: 1,481 (up from 1,476)

  • 807 total new cases reported Friday
  • 5 new deaths reported Friday

Lee County: 47,422 cases (up from 46,981) – 726 deaths (4 new)
Collier County: 25,419 (up from 25,220) – 371 deaths (1 new)
Charlotte County: 8,854 (up from 8,749) – 257 deaths
DeSoto County: 3,193 (up from 3,164) – 62 deaths
Glades County: 825 (up from 824) – 12 deaths
Hendry County: 3,746 (up from 3,714) – 53 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.”


VACCINE IN SWFL: COVID-19 vaccine schedules and information for SWFL

VACCINE IN FLORIDA: State of Florida’s COVID-19 vaccine reports

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FOOD PANTRIES: Harry Chapin mobile food pantry schedule, week of Jan. 11

REPORT COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS/TEST: International self-reporting system


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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