COVID-19 death toll continues to climb in Florida to nearly 91,000

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COVID-19 deaths are down compared to the last four years. Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties each saw 100 or more deaths this year. Photo courtesy of CDC for WMNF News.

The number of Florida residents who have died of COVID-19 since early 2020 is nearing 91,000.

As of Thursday, 90,740 resident deaths from COVID-19 had been reported, according to Florida Department of Health data released Friday.

That was up from 90,232 reported deaths two weeks earlier.

Because of lags in reporting, it is unclear when the additional deaths occurred. The Department of Health releases COVID-19 data every two weeks.

The new data said 70,533 of the deaths, or nearly 78 percent, involved people age 65 or older.

Also, 77,371 of the deaths, or about 85 percent, involved people 60 or older.

The data also indicated that reported numbers of new COVID-19 cases decreased during the past two weeks after steadily increasing this summer.

The Department of Health said 19,019 cases were reported during the week that started Sept. 1, and 15,690 cases were reported during the week that started Sept. 8.

That was down from 23,978 cases during the week that started Aug. 25.

Florida officials, including Governor Ron DeSantis and Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, have recommended against most adults getting COVID-19 vaccination boosters.

But federal health officials say the boosters could help reduce hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.

©2023 The News Service of Florida

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