FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 17, 2020
Contact: Joint Information Center on COVID-19 for the State of Florida (850) 815-4940, ESF14@em.myflorida.com
Florida Department of Health Issues Daily Update on COVID-19
~Fifth straight day below 10 percent positivity of new cases, number of COVID-19 positive patients currently hospitalized down nearly 40 percent since July 21~
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Health (DOH), in order to provide more comprehensive data, releases a report on COVID-19 cases in Florida once per day. Today, Florida had the fifth straight day below 10 percent positivity of new cases.
Today, as reported at 11 a.m., there are 2,678 new positive COVID-19 cases and 89 reported deaths - 2 occurred yesterday, August 16. As posted on the Agency for Health Care Administration’s hospitalization dashboard at 2 p.m., there are 5,654 current hospitalizations with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, this number is down nearly 40 percent since July 21.
Test results for more than 39,100 individuals were reported to DOH as of midnight, on Sunday, August 16. On August 16, 8.25 percent of new cases** tested positive.
To date, there are a total of 576,094 Florida cases*** with 9,539 deaths related to COVID-19.
Since August 16, the death of eighty-nine Florida residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in Alachua, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Hillsborough, Jackson, Lake, Marion, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and St. Johns counties.
Florida long-term care facility data:
In order to make the daily COVID-19 report easier to download and more accessible, the daily report separates case line data in a separate PDF. The case line data report is available here. The state also provides a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county, which is available here. The antibody COVID-19 test results report will be provided once a week and contains county, race and lab information on antibody COVID-19 tests conducted in Florida. The report for antibody tests conducted by private health care providers is available here and the report for antibody tests conducted at state-supported COVID-19 testing sites is available here
- The list of long-term care facilities with active COVID-19 cases is available here.
- The list of long-term care facilities with deaths is available here, which is updated weekly.
- To date, 4,022 individuals that were staff or residents of a long-term care facility have died.
More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found here.
* Florida residents that are diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolated out of state are not reflected on the Florida map.
**This percentage is the number of people who test positive for the first time divided by all tests, excluding people who have previously tested positive.
***Total cases overview includes positive cases in Florida residents and non-Florida residents tested in Florida.
More Information on COVID-19
To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. For information and advisories from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website, this website is also available in Spanish and Creole. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website.
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVIDemail@example.com.
About the Florida Department of Health
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