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Wednesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 4,599 new cases, 55 new deaths reported

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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A healthcare worker finishes up organizing COVID-19 tests at a drive-thru testing center Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 1,989,024 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,952,321 Florida residents and 36,703 non-Florida residents. There are 32,504 Florida resident deaths reported, 616 non-resident deaths, and 82,786 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

For state and county-by-county breakdown of vaccine administration, click here.

*Numbers are released by the DOH every afternoon.


Total number of recorded cases: 1,989,024 (up from 1,984,425)
Florida resident deaths: 32,504 (up from 32,449)
Non-resident deaths: 616 (up from 612)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 33,120 (up from 33,061)

  • 4,599 new total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 55 new resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • 4 new non-resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 5.57%
    • 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: 112,014 (up from 111,758)
Deaths: 1,945 (up from 1,943)

  • 256 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 2 new deaths reported Wednesday

Lee County: 60,278 cases (up from 60,117) – 905 deaths (1 new)
Collier County: 31,402 (up from 31,363) – 481 deaths
Charlotte County: 11,074 (up from 11,037) – 388 deaths
DeSoto County: 3,956 (up from 3,947) – 79 deaths
Glades County: 914 (up from 912) – 16 deaths
Hendry County: 4,390 (up from 4,382) – 76 deaths (1 new)

Click HERE* for a COVID-19 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 March 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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