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Florida health officials report over 7,000 new COVID-19 cases, 125 deaths

Osceola County health officials help pre-register residents for vaccine

More retail pharmacies join COVID-19 vaccine campaign in South Florida
More retail pharmacies join COVID-19 vaccine campaign in South Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – Health officials in Central Florida are helping those qualified to receive the COVID-19 vaccine pre-register to get the shot.

FDOH-Osceola County partnered with the National Institutes of Health and Care 2 Health Equity at the University of Florida to hold the pre-registration event at St. James AME Zion Church in Kissimmee Saturday.

[Everything you need to know about how to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Florida]

Members helped dozens of people pre-register on the state’s vaccination website as well as answered questions about the vaccine.

The health department is planning several other pre-registration events across the county. Details on those events haven’t been released yet.

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Click or tap here for more information on COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in Osceola County.

[READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Brazil virus variant found in Florida as officials report 6,650 new cases]

Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:

Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Feb. 20.

Cases

The Florida Department of Health reported 7,280 new cases on Saturday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,863,707 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1.

Deaths

Florida reported 125 new virus-related deaths Saturday, raising the death toll to 30,339. This number includes the 526 non-residents who died in Florida.

Hospitalizations

As of Saturday afternoon, there were currently 4,213 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

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Since March, 77,654 people have been hospitalized in Florida after complications from COVID-19. That number includes the 246 new patients who have been recently hospitalized due to the virus, according to the health department’s daily report released on Wednesday.

Positivity rate

The percent of positive results was 5.74% Friday of the 147,888 tests reported to the state. 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.

Vaccinations

The Florida Department of Health recently began releasing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.

As of Saturday afternoon, 2,668,101 people have received at least the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The FDOH also reports that 1,353,925 people have received their second shot.

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See COVID-19 data for the Central Florida region below:

CountyCasesNew casesHospitalizationsNew hospitalizationsDeathsNew deaths
Brevard32,8551801,95547221
Flagler5,762203280860
Lake23,9031171,22775417
Marion26,9331011,6731173513
Orange111,5784002,33621,0712
Osceola35,9971481,25034258
Polk55,6942214,269261,1076
Seminole26,5341141,10824111
Sumter7,7473349822260
Volusia33,6811211,68186330

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