Florida reports 5,666 new COVID cases, 54 more deaths

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Apr 29, 2021 2:44 PM

Florida reported new coronavirus cases on and another new resident deaths linked to COVID-19. The state has now reported cases since the pandemic began.

Palm Beach County: 373 additional cases and 7 more deaths. The county now has 142,829 confirmed cases and 2,821 deaths, including 54 non-residents.

Broward County: 636 additional cases. The total number of deaths was reduced by one, an adjustment the state has made in the past to reflect updated information such as a victim’s county of residence. Broward has a known total of 235,335 cases and 2,933 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The death tally includes 48 non-residents.

Miami-Dade County: 1,046 additional cases and 1 new deaths. The county now has 482,443 confirmed cases and 6,186 deaths, including 45 non-residents.

Public health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is under 5%. But since Oct. 29, Florida has exceeded 5% in its widely publicized calculation for assessing the rate for testing of residents.

The state reported a daily positivity rate of % on , from % the day before. This method of calculating positivity counts new infections only, but also counts repeat negative tests, which skews the figure downward.

According to the state, the new reported case numbers reflect the results of COVID-19 tests of Florida residents received from labs in the past day, from results reported the day before.

Palm Beach County: Test results for residents were reported , leading to a daily positivity rate of %. That’s from % the previous day.

Broward County: Test results for residents were reported , leading to a daily positivity rate of %. That’s from % the previous day.

Miami-Dade County: Test results for residents were reported , leading to a daily positivity rate of %. That’s from % the previous day.

The state’s pandemic data report shows a total of Floridians have died from COVID-19. In addition, non-residents have died after contracting the virus. Most of the fatalities reported happened over several weeks but were just confirmed in the past day.

Out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Florida ranks No. for deaths per 100K residents and No. for cases per 100K residents, according to the latest data from the health department and the COVID Tracking Project.

As of , there were people hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

In South Florida, Broward County reported , Palm Beach County had and Miami-Dade had .

Hospitalizations hit a peak in late July of about 9,500 patients statewide.

In Florida, 419,416 people have received their first dose of the vaccine, or about 1.95% of the population.

So far, 24,200 people have completed the series of doses required to be vaccinated. That represents about 0.11% of the population.

Source: Florida Department of Health daily vaccine report

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