ORLANDO, Fla. – The data scientists at the Florida Department of Health plan to take a few days off from providing new COVID-19 case numbers and other figures during the Memorial Day weekend.
The department announced Friday that the reports won’t be released Saturday, Sunday or Monday. When updates resume on Tuesday, the numbers will reflect cases, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations from several days.
The state has provided a daily release of COVID-19 data for about a year. The dashboard and other reports depict the pandemic’s current grip on the state.
This weekend will mark the third time since the pandemic hit Florida in March 2020 that the FDOH has opted not to release the latest numbers. It will will, however, be the first time the lapse will last more than a day.
Lately, the state has been reporting around 2,000 new cases each day.