Mirroring the statewide trend, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue their week-long decline in Leon County.
As of Monday afternoon, there were seven COVID-positive patients in Tallahassee: four at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and three at HCA Florida Capital Hospital, formerly known as Capital Regional Medical Center.
A week before, there were about ten people hospitalized with the virus.
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Additionally, Leon County remains at low risk for COVID-19 transmission, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Along with the assessment comes approval for maskless gatherings in indoor public spaces.
The CDC’s data intended to guide decision-making considers current hospital beds occupied by COVID patients and capacity in addition to caseloads, which previously dominated its measures.
As cases drop, TMH has also relaxed its visitation policy.
“Here’s the bottom line: We will determine a high, medium, or low COVID-19 TMH level using multiple local indicators and CDC data,” the hospital wrote in a Facebook post. “The COVID-19 level will determine our guidelines for visitors. We are currently at the low level, which means most areas of TMH have no visitation restrictions.”
Statewide case count
Florida reported significantly fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 10,211 new cases. That’s a 26.1% drop from the previous week’s tally of 13,823 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Florida ranked 37th among the states with the fastest spread of the coronavirus per person, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Over the past week, coronavirus cases in the United States are down 28.3% from the previous week, with 239,094 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country’s population, Florida recorded 4.27% of the country’s cases last week. Across the country, seven states had more cases in the past week than the previous week.
Data from Johns Hopkins University did not correctly identify counties for most deaths as of mid-March. The state does not publish this data at all.
- Leon County has reported 116 cases and no deaths in the past week. A week earlier, it had reported 223 cases and 12 deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 85,607 cases and 606 deaths.
- Gadsden County has reported 15 cases and no deaths in the past week. A week earlier, it had reported 12 cases and 13 deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 13,414 cases and 185 deaths.
- Wakulla County has reported 10 cases and no deaths in the past week. A week earlier, it had reported 23 cases and minus one death. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 9,921 cases and 118 deaths.
- Jefferson County has reported four cases and no deaths in the past week. A week earlier, it had reported nine cases and five deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 3,948 cases and 44 deaths.
- Franklin County has reported three cases and no deaths in the past week. A week earlier, it had reported no cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 3,110 cases and 50 deaths.
- Jackson County has reported 19 cases and no deaths in the past week. A week earlier, it had reported 45 cases and three deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 14,800 cases and 258 deaths.
- Across Florida, cases fell in 58 counties, with the best declines in Miami-Dade County, with 1,661 cases from 2,121 a week earlier; in St. Lucie County, with 123 of 552 cases; and in Orange County, with 854 of 1,130 cases.
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Florida ranked 19th among states in the proportion of people receiving at least one vaccine, with 78.3% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 76.7%, according to a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most widely used in the United States, require two doses given a few weeks apart.
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In the week ending Sunday, Florida said it administered 97,591 additional vaccine doses, including 25,855 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 135,375 vaccine doses, including 39,771 first doses. In total, Florida said it administered 36,326,088 total doses.
Adding the highest number of new cases overall was Miami-Dade County, with 1,661 cases; Broward County, with 989 cases; and Orange County, with 854. The number of weekly cases increased in nine counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the previous week’s pace occurred in Martin, Pinellas and Monroe counties.
In Florida, 863 people were reported dead from COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. The previous week, 1,207 people had been declared dead.
A total of 5,868,263 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 71,860 people have died from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, 79,523,228 people have tested positive and 967,720 people have died.
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COVID-19 hospital admissions in Florida plummet
USA TODAY analyzed data from federal hospitals as of Sunday, March 13.
Probable COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 3,101
- The week before: 3,685
- Four weeks ago: 7,976
Probable COVID patients admitted to the country:
- Last week: 50,226
- The week before: 56,780
- Four weeks ago: 105,668
Hospitals in one state reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in two states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive care beds. Hospitals in six states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the past week than a week earlier, according to USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data.
Christopher Cann contributed. The USA TODAY Network posts 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 any questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at [email protected]