Orlando Sentinel

7,296 cases, 92 deaths as vaccine efforts continue

- By Garfield Hylton

Florida added 7,296 coronaviru­s cases Friday to bring the cumulative total to 2,155,744. With 92 more fatalities, 34,330 Florida residents are now dead.

The number of resident deaths is the highest this week, while the number of new cases is the second highest.

Orlando metro area’s 65 and older population is 67% fully vaccinated, according to the White House reported dated Thursday, while only 20% of population — all ages — is fully vaccinated.

Each report includes deaths from several previous days, as it can take two weeks or more for fatalities to be logged.

To date, 89,472 people have been hospitaliz­ed in Florida, according to the state’s report, which includes 209 newly reported hospitaliz­ations since Thursday’s update.

Across the state, 3,264 people were hospitaliz­ed with COVID-19 as of today at 2 p.m. including 176 in Orange County, 97 in Osceola, 46 in Lake and 68 in Seminole.

Statewide, 7,823,859 people have received at least one vaccinatio­n shot including 4,910,971 who have completed their shot regimen, whether it’s the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna option or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The count is a snapshot through Thursday, based on the report released Friday.

Of those who have received at least the first dose, 3,567,386 are over the age of 65.

To date, 12,317,722 people have been tested in Florida, 31,535 more than Thursday’s total.

Statewide, the latest positivity rate reported Friday for Thursday’s test results by the Florida Department of Health was 6.83%, but that’s for new cases only and excludes anyone who previously tested positive. For all cases including retests of those previously infected, the latest positivity rate is 8.53%.

Central Florida added 1,546 cases on Friday for a total of 386,596: That includes 523 more in Orange for 130,889; 258 more in Polk for 64,447; 155 in Osceola for 41,984; 188 in Volusia for 40,929; 151 in Brevard for 39,153; 153 in Seminole for 32,006; 96 in Lake for 28,118; and 22 in Sumter for 9,070.

There were 23 new deaths across all eight Central Florida counties bringing the region’s toll to 5,961. Polk County has the most coronaviru­s fatalities in the region with 1,285, followed by 1,223 in Orange, 840 in Brevard, 760 in Volusia, 617 in Lake, 490 in Osceola, 477 in Seminole and 269 in Sumter.

The virus has infected more than 139,403,270 people and has killed more than 2,991,106 worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronaviru­s Resource Center. Nationwide, 31,524,464 people have been infected and more than 565,695 have died.

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