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Despite a slowdown of COVID-19 cases, Florida has reached the 7 million mark


Federal data on COVID-19 show 6,998,561 Florida cases, reaching a 7 million mark that only two other states have reached in the United States.

California’s cases are at 11,006,684 and Texas at 7,681,476.

That said, in the category of case rates per 100,000, Florida’s COVID-19 cases are higher than both California and Texas, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The other big numbers related to COVID cases are New York, at 5,954,527 (a combination of New York City and the state of New York) and Illinois, at 3,666,458.

Meanwhile, in Florida, the number of COVID cases are slowing.

While COVID-19 risk of death continues to be low, there are vulnerable populations at higher risk of severe disease and warrant more significant consideration for prophylaxis or treatment


Per the Florida Department of Health, patients who are older (≥65 years), have comorbidities, or are immunocompromised are at higher risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.


For example, in early August, new cases were as high as 11,000. But near the end of August, new cases are at 6,750, according to CDC data posted Friday.

As to COVID deaths in Florida, the figure was 79,568 as of Friday. California and Texas had the most deaths, with California at 93,843, and Texas at 88,458.

However, Florida’s death rate, meaning deaths per 100,000, is higher than California and Texas. Florida’s death rate was 370 per 100,000 as of Friday, California’s was 237, and Texas at 305.

Despite all the numbers, the COVID pandemic is not over. Omicron subvariants continue to spread across the country. The BA.5 subvariant is highly transmissible, and it is the leading subvariant in the nation, according to the CDC data.

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