Florida COVID-19 deaths approach 90,000

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. In this view, the protein particles E, S, and M, also located on the outer surface of the particle, have all been labeled as well. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Florida is nearing 90,000 reported resident deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic started in 2020.

Data released Friday by the state Department of Health showed that 89,905 deaths had been reported as of Thursday, up from 89,565 reported as of Aug. 3.

Because of lags in reporting, it is unclear when the additional deaths occurred.

The new data showed that 69,774, or 77.6 percent, of the deaths involved residents 65 or older.

What’s more, 76,573, or about 85.2 percent, of the deaths involved people 60 or older.

The new data also showed an increase in reported COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

The state had 18,518 reported new cases during the week that started Aug. 11 and 18,556 new cases during the week that started Aug. 4 — the highest totals in at least 10 weeks.

The Department of Health releases COVID-19 data every two weeks.

©2023 The News Service of Florida

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