Thursday’s Coronavirus Updates: 12,773 new cases, 161 new deaths reported

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Published: Updated:
A health care worker directs a person to use a nasal swab for a self administered test at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Miami Beach Convention Center Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, there have been 1,613,884 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,584,442 Florida residents and 29,442 non-Florida residents. There are 24,739 Florida resident deaths reported, 389 non-resident deaths, and 69,282 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 46 positive cases of COVID-19 variants as of Jan. 18. 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: 1,613,884 (up from 1,601,111)
Florida resident deaths: 24,739 (up from 24,578)
Non-resident deaths: 389 (up from 387)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 25,128 (up from 24,965)

  • 12,773 total new cases reported Thursday
  • 161 new resident deaths reported Thursday
  • 2 new non-resident deaths reported Thursday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 8.54%
    • 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: 93,021 (up from 92,364)
Deaths: 1,538 (up from 1,528)

  • 657 total new cases reported Thursday
  • 10 new deaths reported Thursday

Lee County: 49,493 cases (up from 49,116) – 746 deaths (4 new)
Collier County: 26,361 (up from 26,164) – 386 deaths (4 new)
Charlotte County: 9,195 (up from 9,138) – 271 deaths
DeSoto County: 3,254 (up from 3,241) – 68 deaths (1 new)
Glades County: 848 (up from 846) – 12 deaths
Hendry County: 3,870 (up from 3,859) – 55 deaths (1 new)

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

NOW HIRINGSWFL companies adding jobs

FOOD PANTRIES: Harry Chapin mobile food pantry schedule, week of Jan. 18

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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