Florida Covid Statistics: What is Really Happening? August 19, 2021

I have also published delta variant information and in-depth Covid-19 information.

Florida is the only state in the US which is releasing statistics on a weekly, not daily, basis.

Let’s look at these two charts from the Florida Department of Health.

Here is some of the data from August 13–19, 2021:

Florida COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report: August 13–19, 2021

  • New cases = 150,118; Cumulative cases = 3,027,954
  • New deaths = 346; Cumulative deaths = 42,252
  • Vaccination rate = 66%
  • Fully vaccinated people = 10,530,911

The vaccination rate of 66% represents only those who are eligible for vaccination and includes partially vaccinated people. Florida’s population is currently 21,600,000. That makes the actual full vaccination percentage = 48.8%

Note that archived data on influenza statistics is readily available on the FL Dept of Health web site:

Florida Influenza Surveillance Reports 2003–2021

The chart for August 6–12, 2021 is from a Facebook screenshot because Florida is removing all traces of older Covid data:

  • New cases = 151,415; Cumulative cases = 2,887,214
  • New deaths = 286; Cumulative deaths = 40,766
  • Vaccination rate = 65%
  • Fully vaccinated people = 10,530,911

Covid Deaths in Florida:

Subtracting the August 19th new deaths from the cumulative deaths should give us the number of August 12th cumulative deaths.

However, doing that reveals 1142 deaths which were not included in the August 19th data. There were 1,488 deaths reported in Florida during that week. Yet only 23% of deaths (346) are reflected clearly on the August 19th report.

When the state receives a report of a death from a previous week, that information is added to “Cumulative Deaths” without being noted in “Previous Week Deaths.” It usually takes more than one week for death reports to get sent to the state. 

Unless someone knows to compare the two data sets from both weeks, that is not apparent. By removing data from August 12th and adding data from August 19th simultaneously, only people who have saved the older data can see what they are doing. it looks like the death rate is 77% better than it is.

Florida Politics: Florida Reports 1000+ Covid-19 Deaths in Past Week

On June 4th, the state removed all data from anyone who has not established permanent residency and stopped reporting information from visitors, seasonal residents, and migrant workers. This deleted 744 deaths:

FL Covid-19 Cases and Monitoring as of June 3, 2021

Covid Cases in Florida:

On the August 19th report, Florida reported 3,027,954 cumulative cases. Of those, 150,118 were new. Subtracting the new number from the cumulative one should give us the cumulative number from the previous week: 287,836.

However, the August 12th report shows a cumulative number of 2,877,214, a discrepancy of 622 extra cases. Why that difference exists remains unclear.

On June 4th, the state removed all data from anyone who is not a permanent resident and stopped reporting it. This deleted 43,535 cases.

Covid Hospitalizations in Florida:

You won’t find any hospitalization information on Florida’s Weekly Surveillance Reports.

Florida stopped reporting Covid hospitalization June 24, 2021. However, Florida must relay all hospitalization data to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

You can find statistics on the COVID Data Tracker, choosing Florida as the Jurisdiction and stratifying by any age.

This screenshot shows the rise in pediatric hospitalizations from August 1–22, 2021:

COVID Data Tracker: New Admissions of Patients with Confirmed COVID-19 per 100,000 Population by Age Group

American Academy of Pediatrics: Children and COVID-19: State Data Report Version 8/19.21

Hospital Utilization is also tracked by the HSS. Searching by facility does not include the number of Covid-19 patients. However, after scrolling down to Inpatient Bed Utilization by State, you can choose Florida. These are for August 24, 2021:

HHS: Inpatient Bed Utilization by State

By continuing to scroll, you can find similar information for ICU occupancy in the state:

HHS: Inpatient Bed Utilization by State

Many hospitals are publishing their own occupancy statistics. For example, Tampa General Hospital released this on August 24th:

Tampa General : Hospital Bed Availability for COVID-19 Patients

While I will try to update this information periodically, clicking on the links should take you to the most recent information. The one exception is the Florida Weekly Situation Reports, which disappear as soon as the new ones are released on Fridays. I’ll do my best to maintain an archive of those reports.