Florida's total number of COVID-19 deaths is now in excess of 75,000 according to the latest health data. The death toll now sits at 77,565 and rising every day, with a case total of almost 6.8 million.
Contextualized, if Florida's Covid deaths were a city, it'd be the 42nd largest city in the state, similar to the sizes of Boynton Beach or Kendall. If Florida were its own country, it'd be 18th on the planet in total cases, ahead of countries like Mexico, Colombia, and Poland.
An estimated 903 new deaths have been added to Florida's total in the last one week span. Over 5,000 were hospitalized with Covid statewide in that period, a number which has been steadily increasing over the last few weeks. Case numbers are pumped up by increased travel and subvariants of Omicron which commonly lead to breakthrough cases even in the vaccinated portions of the population.
All the same, leading viral disease experts still point to a dramatically lower risk of serious illness or death in Covid patients who been vaccinated and boosted. Around 72% of Florida's population aged 6 months or older are partially or fully vaccinated as of this week's data.
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