Florida reported a record high number of Covid-19 deaths last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
There was an average of about 212 Covid-19 deaths reported in Florida each day last week – about 15% higher than the previous record high of about 185 deaths per day on Jan. 28.
About one in five Covid-19 deaths reported in the United States last week were in Florida, JHU data shows.
Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in Florida are also the highest they’ve ever been.
Florida broke its January record for daily cases about two weeks ago, and they’ve grown each week since. Now, the state is averaging about 21,534 new cases each day. Florida’s per capita case rate – about 100 new cases per 100,000 residents each day – is the third highest in the country and more than double the national rate.
Florida has the highest per capita hospitalization rate in the country, and more than 17,000 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19 in the state, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. That’s about 5,000 more people hospitalized than last July when hospitalizations had last hit a peak in Florida.
In June, Florida scaled back to report Covid-19 data weekly. The latest data was published Friday, reflecting data from Aug. 13 through Aug. 19.