Thursday’s Coronavirus Updates: 2,893 new cases, 76 new deaths reported

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Published: Updated:
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 2:30 p.m. Thursday, there have been 2,302,489 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 2,259,494 Florida residents and 42,995 non-Florida residents. There are 36,347 Florida resident deaths reported, 729 non-resident deaths, and 93,815 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: 2,302,489 (up from 2,299,596)
Florida resident deaths: 36,347 (up from 36,271)
Non-resident deaths: 729 (up from 728)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 36,999 (up from 36,999)

  • 2,893 new cases reported Thursday
  • 76 new resident deaths reported Thursday
  • 1 new non-resident death reported Thursday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 3.92%
    • 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: 132,764 (up from 132,499)
Deaths: 2,157 (up from 2,152)

  • 265 total new cases reported Thursday
  • 5 new deaths reported Thursday

Lee County: 72,737 cases (up from 72,561) – 992 deaths (4 new)
Collier County: 36,647 cases (up from 36,598) – 539 deaths
Charlotte County: 13,209 (up from 13,184) – 427 deaths
DeSoto County: 4,386 (up from 4,384) – 95 deaths
Glades County: 969 (up from 967) – 19 deaths
Hendry County: 4,816 (up from 4,805) – 85 deaths (1 new)

Click HERE* for a COVID-19 case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.


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: Food distributions in SWFL, week of May 17

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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