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Wednesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 7,342 new cases, 157 new deaths reported

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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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 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 1,844,627 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,811,078 Florida residents and 33,549 non-Florida residents. There are 29,311 Florida resident deaths reported, 513 non-resident deaths, and 76,825 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 416 positive cases of the UK COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, as of Feb. 16. The Florida Department of Health and the CDC began investigating the evidence of the first known case of the UK COVID-19 variant on Dec. 31, 2020.

*Numbers are released by the DOH every afternoon.


Total number of recorded cases: 1,844,627 (up from 1,837,285)
Florida resident deaths: 29,311 (up from 29,154)
Non-resident deaths: 513 (up from 505)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 29,824 (up from 29,659)

  • 7,342 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 157 new resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • 8 new non-resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 6.42%
    • 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: 104,473 (up from 104,117)
Deaths: 1,784 (up from 1,781)

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

Lee County: 56,006 cases (up from 55,830) – 861 deaths
Collier County: 29,347 (up from 29,250) – 434 deaths (1 new)
Charlotte County: 10,393 (up from 10,345) – 338 deaths (3 new)
DeSoto County: 3,612 (up from 3,583) – 71 deaths
Glades County: 888 (up from 886) – 15 deaths
Hendry County: 4,227 (up from 4,222) – 65 deaths (-1)

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. 15

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 covid-19@flhealth.gov. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINKFlorida Department of Health COVID-19 updates

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