Graphic via Desirée Tapia for The Americano
Graphic via Desirée Tapia for The Americano

The state reported 563,285 total cases of COVID-19. 

On Friday Florida’s Department of Health (DOH) reported 563,285 total confirmed cases of COVID-19, with non-residents accounting for 5,948 of them. This brings Florida residents’ number of confirmed cases of the illness to 557,337. 

The new reported positive cases (from tests taken over several days) was 6,148. This marks the 20th consecutive day that the state reported less than 10,000 new cases since the beginning of the June-July wave of the virus.

According to the latest update from the Florida Department of Health, the breakdown of cases by county is as follows:

The state number of resident fatalities rose to 9,141, with non-resident deaths reported at this time as 135. The DOH also announced 33,155 Florida residents are hospitalized with coronavirus.

 

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Additionally, the DOH provided the number of positive cases by exposure source:

  • Traveled: 4,201
  • Had contact with a confirmed case: 171,089
  • Traveled and had contact with a confirmed case: 4,341
  • Under investigation: 377,706

Mapping out the 563,285 confirmed cases as of August 14

Children’s Numbers Rising

The pediatric report for children under 18 years of age for COVID-19 shows 44,388 cases from March 1 to August 13, with 548 hospitalizations and 7 deaths reported across the state. 

Find the Florida DOH  complete report HERE.

The numbers of new cases and fatalities across the state may be undercounted, as the DOH may take up to two weeks to report the number of positive results from private labs.

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Rebekah Jones, the Florida government data scientist who was fired from the DOH, where she created and managed the state’s coronavirus dashboard, has created her own COVID-19 board, a parallel site that she claims will reveal the numbers that the state has not been reporting.

A Warning from CDC

Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued an urgent warning to Americans: a virus surge, together with flu season, could create “the worst fall that we’ve ever had.” 

Redfield said this in an interview with WebMD, adding that colder weather in the fall will drive people indoors, where, according to health authorities, COVID-19 spreads more easily.

For this reason, the CDC is urging people to get a flu shot. 

“We are going to have COVID-19 in the fall, we’re going to have the flu in the fall,” Redfield warned, adding that simultaneous coronavirus and flu outbreaks could overwhelm hospitals, draining resources and putting more lives in danger.

Conditions, Redfield stressed, will depend on whether people adhere to the guidelines, such as wearing face masks, staying six feet apart from others, washing their hands often with soap and warm water, and avoiding large crowds, especially indoors.

“I’m not asking some of America to do it,” he said. “We all have to do it.”