Wednesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 6,979 new cases, 197 new deaths reported

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Published: Updated:
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St. John’s Well Child & Family Center workers prepare to test a woman for COVID-19 at a free mobile test clinic set up outside Walker Temple AME Church in South Los Angeles amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 15, 2020 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 1,744,619 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,712,326 Florida residents and 32,293 non-Florida residents. There are 27,019 Florida resident deaths reported, 453 non-resident deaths, and 73,266 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 187 positive cases of COVID-19 variants as of Feb. 2. 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: 1,744,619 (up from 1,737,640)
Florida resident deaths: 27,019 (up from 26,822)
Non-resident deaths: 453 (up from 447)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 27,472 (up from 27,269)

  • 6,979 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 197 new resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • 6 new non-resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 7.77%
    • 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: 99,679 (up from 99,238)
Deaths: 1,662 (up from 1,658)

  • 441 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 4 new deaths reported Wednesday

Lee County: 53,332 cases (up from 53,081) – 808 deaths
Collier County: 28,139 (up from 28,019) – 413 deaths (3 new)
Charlotte County: 9,848 (up from 9,801) – 304 deaths (1 new)
DeSoto County: 3,417 (up from 3,401) – 67 deaths
Glades County: 871 (up from 870) – 13 deaths
Hendry County: 4,072 (up from 4,066) – 57 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

NOW HIRINGSWFL companies adding jobs

FOOD PANTRIES: Harry Chapin mobile food pantry schedule, week of Feb. 1

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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