ORLANDO, Fla. – Though the COVID-19 vaccine is now available in every state, nearly half of new virus infections nationwide are in just five states -- including Florida.
The Sunshine State, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Jersey reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections, or nearly 197,500 new cases, in the latest available seven-day period, according to state health agency data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Total U.S. infections during the same week were more than 452,000.
New infections seem to be in younger people, according to Florida Department of Health data. Health officials keeping an eye on post-spring break numbers after crowds overwhelmed South Florida and students across the county still waiting on their school break plan their getaways to the state.
To help curb infections, Orange County believes the solution is to vaccinate college students.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said getting doses to administer in schools would ease access and prevent virus outbreaks.
“This age group accounts for a high positivity rate, so vaccinating and working within the outreach for this group is essential,” Demings said Monday during a countywide coronavirus briefing.
On Tuesday, Rollins College in Winter Park began vaccinating students who live on campus.
The University of Central Florida started accepting appointments earlier this week and all appointments were booked by Tuesday afternoon. UCF opened its vaccination clinic Wednesday and has the capacity to vaccinate 6,000 students. Shots will be given to students in the Orlando area first.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on April 7.
The Florida Department of Health reported 5,789 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s overall total to 2,096,747 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1, 2020.
Florida reported 42 new virus-related deaths Wednesday bringing the death toll to 34,476. This number includes the 654 non-residents who died in Florida.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were currently 3,104 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.
Since last March, 86,292 people have been hospitalized in Florida after complications from COVID-19. That number includes the 227 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 was 6.95% Tuesday out of 83,246 tests. The numbers reported daily by the state reflect test results from 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 began releasing a daily report in December on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
FDOH reports 3,914,250 people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These individuals either received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or completed a two-shot series.
As of Wednesday, 6,630,107 people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Below is the Central Florida region breakdown of new cases, deaths and hospitalizations for Wednesday.
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