Florida averages 1,470 daily COVID cases 2 years after pandemic declaration

6.03 million people have died from COVID-19 worldwide

A health worker gives out Rapid COVID-19 antigen self-test kits at the Waipareira Trust drive-in COVID-19 testing station in Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Back in August, 2021, New Zealand's government put the entire nation into lockdown after a single community case of the coronavirus was detected. On Tuesday, when new daily cases hit a record of nearly 24,000, officials told healthcare workers they could go back to work in understaffed COVID-19 wards even if they were mildly sick themselves. (Brett Phibbs/New Zealand Herald via AP) (Brett Phibbs, New Zealand Herald)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Two years ago Friday, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic.

The milestone comes as COVID-19 cases wane across the United States and in Florida.

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The announcement sent shockwaves around the world. Cases were surging in China and in other countries, and the WHO called on countries to take stronger action to contain the virus.

“We should double down,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We should be more aggressive.”

Stocks instantly plummeted, events canceled or banned public attendance, President Trump addressed the country from the Oval Office. He announced new restrictions in passenger travel from 26 European nations.

By that evening, 38 people had died of COVID-19 in the U.S., and more than 1,300 had tested positive.

Since then, some 79.4 million people have tested positive for COVID across the country, with 965,000 deaths.

Worldwide, there have been 453 million cases of COVID-19, and 6.03 million deaths.

Since then the world has spent two years battling several variants and no symptoms, discovering new treatments and most crucially, vaccines.

According to the latest data from March 10, the U.S. now averages around 36,500 new cases a day, significantly down from a 7-day average of more than 762,000 new cases a day in January at the height of the omicron variant surge.

Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on March 11:

Cases

The Florida Department of Health reported10,288 new cases on Friday that occurred between March 4 and March 10, bringing the state’s overall total to 5,824,728 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1, 2020.

Deaths

Florida reported 87 new virus-related deaths Friday from the past week but the cumulative death toll of 71,860 actually shows there have been 863 new deaths added to the state total. The state has not provided any information as to when these deaths occurred.

The state stopped reporting the number of non-residents who died in Florida with its new weekly reporting method.

Hospitalizations

The state Agency for Health Care Administration deleted its current COVID-19 hospitalization database and the state is no longer reporting how many patients have been hospitalized with the virus. However, Florida is still required to report that information to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the CDC continues to release that information online. The most recent hospital numbers from March 10 show 1,412 adult and 32 pediatric patients in Florida.

Positivity rate

The DOH reported the percent of positive results from coronavirus tests was 2.4% but did not provide how many people were tested during the past week. 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 began releasing a daily report in December 2020 on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state. In the new weekly reports, the state is combining the vaccination data with the COVID-19 infection numbers.

FDOH reports 15,430,167 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, this is about 74% of the state.

During the past week, 8,398 new people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Central Florida region

The state is no longer providing a breakdown of county-by-county deaths or hospitalizations as of June 3. The Florida DOH is also no longer providing county numbers for non-residents who have tested positive, causing the total case numbers to drop significantly, in some counties by more than 1,000 cases.

For example, with non-resident positive cases as of June 3, Orange County had reported a total of 143,198 but with the state’s new reporting method, the county has 141,941 total cases, a difference of 1,257 positive cases.

Below is the Central Florida region breakdown of new cases and new vaccination numbers between March 4 - March 10.

CountyTotal cases as of Mar. 10New cases since Mar. 4Total people vaccinatedPercent of 5+ population vaccinated
Brevard132,616217408,61570%
Flagler22,1843678,58470%
Lake84,293156248,74969%
Marion83,041125224,92364%
Orange373,6318651,058,78777%
Osceola112,755246312,50583%
Polk199,081256450,73666%
Seminole102,911147322,92570%
Sumter21,55085102,97376%
Volusia115,986195349,01166%

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Christie joined the ClickOrlando team in November 2021.