New coronavirus cases leaped in Florida in the week ending Sunday, rising 42% as 15,684 cases were reported. The previous week had 11,048 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Florida ranked fifth among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 10.4% from the week before, with 92,148 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country’s population, Florida had 17.02% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 28 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Many places did not report cases and deaths around the Fourth of July, which would shift those cases into the following week and make week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.
Leon County reported 161 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 70 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 33,402 cases and 332 deaths.
Pam Saulsby, a spokeswoman for the local Department of Health, acknowledged that local health officials “certainly are” aware of the rise. On Friday, the local health department tweeted that the positivity rate for the week so far was at 6.83%.
“In part the increase is tied to summer camp outbreaks effecting younger children/teens,” the department said on Twitter. “We encourage those eligible, to get vaccinated. We’re increasing our contact tracing efforts to attempt to contain the virus and prevent its spread further in the population.”
In a weekly situation report on Thursday, the department noted that despite the higher positivity rate “COVID-19-related hospitalizations have remained at low levels, and we have not yet confirmed new deaths in Leon County due to the virus within the last 2 weeks.”
Gadsden County, meanwhile, reported 21 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported seven cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 5,854 cases and 99 deaths.
Wakulla County reported 20 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 10 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 3,593 cases and 56 deaths.
Jefferson County reported two cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported one case. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 1,532 cases and 28 deaths.
Franklin County reported two cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported nine cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 1,375 cases and 20 deaths.
Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Baker, Nassau and Hardee counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Miami-Dade County, with 2,930 cases; Broward County, with 1,470 cases; and Duval County, with 1,403. Weekly case counts rose in 56 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Miami-Dade, Duval and Orange counties.
Florida ranked 21st among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 54.2% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 54.9%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Sunday, Florida reported administering another 537,139 vaccine doses, including 225,470 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 285,031 vaccine doses, including 132,493 first doses. In all, Florida reported it has administered 21,299,517 total doses.
Across Florida, cases fell in nine counties, with the best declines in Suwannee, Okeechobee and Charlotte counties.
In Florida, 213 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 217 people were were reported dead.
A total of 2,381,148 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 37,985 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 33,717,567 people have tested positive and 605,526 people have died.
The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at email@example.com.