ORLANDO, Fla. – Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. hit another one-day high at over 4,300 as hospitalizations in Florida continue to inch closer to the surge the state saw during the summer.
The nation’s overall death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is closing in fast on the number of Americans killed in World War II, or about 407,000. Confirmed infections have topped 22.8 million.
The U.S. recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins’ count.
The country is now in the most lethal phase of the outbreak yet, even as the vaccine is being rolled out. New cases are running at nearly a quarter-million per day on average.
New travel requirements will soon take place for anyone flying to the U.S. Passengers will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19 prior to travel, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirement.
More than 9.3 million Americans have received their first shot of the vaccine, or less than 3% of the population, according to the CDC. That is well short of the hundreds of millions who experts say will need to be inoculated to vanquish the outbreak.
The effort is ramping up around the country. Large-scale, drive-thru vaccination sites have opened at stadiums and other places, enabling people to get their shots through their car windows.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced expanded vaccine locations at Publix supermarkets in Florida, including in Volusia and Flagler counties.
[READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Florida expands vaccine availability as state sees rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations]
Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Jan. 13:
The Florida Department of Health reported 13,660 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,517,472 cases since the coronavirus pandemic began in March.
Florida reported 174 new virus-related deaths Wednesday, raising the death toll to 23,759. This number includes the 363 non-residents who died in Florida.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were currently 7,758 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.
Since March, 66,634 people have been hospitalized in Florida after complications from COVID-19. That number includes the 430 new patients who have been recently hospitalized due to the virus, according to the health department’s daily report released on Wednesday.
The percent of positive results ranged from 10.28% to 12.8% during the past two weeks and was 10.17% for the 134,347 tests reported Tuesday.
This number is calculated by comparing the number of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time from the tests administered the day prior.
Health officials say the rate should remain between 5% and 10% to prove a community has a hold of the virus and is curbing infections.
The Florida Department of Health recently began releasing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state. As of Wednesday, 707,478 people have been vaccinated in Florida. The FDOH also reports that 61,151 people have received their second shot. However, 15,457 people are overdue for their second vaccination.
See COVID-19 data for the Central Florida region below:
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.