Florida Covid Statistics: What Is Really Happening, January 20, 2022

I have also published delta variant information, a new omicron variant post, and archived Covid-19 information.

To download a pdf of this post, click here.

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Last week, the number of deaths among permanent residents reported to the state of Florida increased by 29%. The state is claiming only 23% of the Covid-19 deaths during the past week as “New Deaths” (140 of 605). Twelve people died in Hillsborough County. Between April 1, 2021, and January 20, 2022—when vaccinations were available to all Floridians over the age of 16—9.6% of all Covid-19 deaths have occurred in Florida, a state with 6.6% of the population.

Florida is claiming a 73% vaccination rate. However, only 59% of all permanent Florida residents have at least completed a vaccine series. Twenty-two percent have received booster shots, a precaution considered very important to protect residents against the omicron variant.

On January 14, 2022, Governor DeSantis’s office announced it would not enforce the federal government’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. The US Supreme Court upheld the requirement for all healthcare facilities which receive federal funds on the 13th.

On January 19th, the Florida Department of Health placed the epidemiologist who led Orange County’s pandemic response on administrative leave. He may be charged with a criminal offense for sending an email chiding the county’s public health employees for their 40% vaccination rate.

A day later, Governor DeSantis promoted a conspiracy theory by asserting that many nurses are avoiding vaccination because “they’re trying to have families.” Numerous studies confirm that vaccination does not cause infertility; in fact, getting Covid can reduce male fertility.

On the January 20th official report, Florida reported 5,280,903 cumulative cases. Of those, 289,204 were reported as new, a 33% decrease from the prior week (430,297). I have no idea why the state over-reported 566 cases, 0.2% of the total.

Following six weeks of large increases since the omicron variant was first detected, Florida appears to be starting on a downward trajectory. However, our new cases are still 2,660% higher than in late November. A new case positivity rate of 26.8% means there are likely four unreported cases for each positive test.

During January 14–20, 68,470 Florida residents under the age of twenty tested positive, a decrease of 23% from the week before. Reported cases in the Hillsborough County School District fell 17%. This week, school-aged children had the highest positivity rates in Florida.

Florida law prohibits requiring masks in non-medical settings and now leaves the decision about quarantining after a close contact at school to the child’s parents.

In Florida’s hardest-hit area, Miami-Dade County, there are signs that the omicron wave of infections has reached its peak. In the seven days before January 20th, there were 46,959 permanent residents who tested positive (a 50% decrease). The positivity rate dropped to 27%. Hospital admissions declined by 27%. However, the number of people who died last week increased by 51% to 151.

The state continues to emphasize monoclonal antibody treatment over vaccination. Mutations which have resulted in the omicron variant render ineffective almost all the monoclonal antibodies currently in use. In the region which includes Florida, 99.7% of cases are now due to that viral strain.

There is only one monoclonal antibody produced in the US and UK which can attach to circulating omicron particles. Sotrovimab works against the omicron variant at a dosage three times that required to neutralize the delta variant. With the sudden shift in predominating strains, it is likely to be very difficult even for people at the highest risk to access the limited supply of monoclonal antibody treatment for an omicron infection.

Three weeks ago, hospitals in Florida used 140 of the state’s stockpile of 4,400 Sotrovimab doses, in contrast to over 2,700 doses of the ineffective Regeneron Monoclonal Antibody. On January 18th, the state announced the opening of additional monoclonal antibody infusion centers to distribute what remained of the 15,000 additional doses of Regeneron secured on January 7th.

On December 8, 2021, the FDA issued an Emergency use Authorization for Evusheld, a monoclonal antibody developed for people over the age of 12 with severe immunosuppression. Due to the scarce supply, people with certain cancers or who have received organ transplants receive the highest priority.

Governor DeSantis announced the new preventative was available on December 17th, when Covid was raging through Miami-Dade County. However, the first shipments went to a small private fee-based clinic in Broward County, not to a major medical center. People flew from out of state to receive it. A spokesperson for the state claimed the iCare Clinic received priority because it was open on Christmas and New Year’s Day. The large transplant hospital in Miami was scheduled to receive it this week.

During the first week of January, the Florida Surgeon General decried the “testing psychology” which seeks to identify all Covid cases to slow the rate of community transmission. Amidst the scandal which erupted concerning the 1,000,000 expired antigen tests, Florida’s web site shifted its focus from monoclonal antibodies to testing. Specifically, that people who are not high-risk should avoid it. Then, the governor announced the state is shipping 1,000,000 test kits to long-term care and nursing facilities followed by communities with high proportions of elderly individuals.

You won’t find any hospitalization information on Florida’s Weekly Surveillance Reports. Florida stopped reporting Covid hospitalizations on June 24, 2021. However, the state must relay all hospitalization data to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

During August 1, 2020–January 20, 2022, 9.0% of all Covid hospitalizations in the US have been within Florida. There were 1,124% more Floridians in the hospital with Covid-19 on January 20th, compared to December 3rd.

For January 14–20, 2022, there were 13,423 hospital admissions, an average of 2,059/day. This is a decrease of 6% from the previous week. The percentage of people in the hospital who required care in the ICU increased to 15%. Hospitalizations declined for every age group, ranging from 2% for people over 70 to 15% for ages 18–29.

Pediatric hospitalizations fell 11% compared to last week. Children had experienced a 203% rise during the last week of December. Compared to the delta variant wave we encountered in 2021, omicron admissions are higher for people younger than 30 and older than 69.

On January 20, 2022, 83% of hospital beds in Florida were full. Covid patients accounted for 11,468 of them (19% of utilized beds, down from 20%). This is 0.7% fewer Covid patients than a week ago. Twenty-five percent of ICU beds were used by 1,601 Covid patients, 10% more than the previous week. Overall, 86% of ICU beds are occupied in the state.

In regions where the omicron variant is predominant, hospital officials are seeing more incidental Covid cases among people who are in the hospital. Roughly one-third are admitted for a primary diagnosis of Covid; one-third for a Covid infection making an underlying condition worse; and one-third for reasons unrelated to their viral infection.

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Until January 1, 2022, Florida was the only state in the US which was releasing statistics on a weekly basis. Tennessee has now switched to that schedule. Information available in Florida’s reports is far more limited than what the state formerly provided.

Since October 14, 2021, I have made many attempts to access the FL Dept of Health Weekly Report. However, my browser will not download it due to a potential security risk:

Florida Covid-19 Response

TBT: Why Doesnt Florida Trust Its Residents with Basic COVID Information?

On October 18th, I followed the Dept of Health’s recommendation to contact their COVID Data Analytics section, then went outside. When I returned, I had to do a major recovery process following an unauthorized attempt to access my hard drive. I still have not received a response from the FL COVID Data Analytics group. Even the main site for the Florida Dept of Health appears on an unsecure connection: www.floridahealth.gov.

Meanwhile faculty at the University of Florida charge that they have felt external pressure from the highest levels of state government to delete data related to their Covid research. They also encountered “barriers to accessing and analyzing” data and “barriers to publication of scientific research which inhibited the ability of faculty to contribute scientific findings during a world-wide pandemic.”

On January 21,2022, a federal judge sided with the plaintiffs in a 74-page ruling. He asserted the University of Florida was “willing to suffer threats to its accreditation, congressional inquiries, unrelenting bad press, an all-but-certain hit to its rankings, and the substantial monetary cost of hiring an experienced D.C. firm to defend its policy. The only thing UF will not do, it seems, is amend its policy to make clear that it will never consider viewpoint in denying a request to testify.” As in The Emperor’s New Clothes, the emperor’s lords, “fearing the loss of their jobs and the Emperor’s good grace, enabled the charade by praising the Emperor’s fine suit.”

The Hill: University of Florida Initiates Investigation into Alleged Destruction of COVID-19 Research Data

Tampa Bay Times: Federal Judge Orders Injunction to UF’s Conflict of Interest Policy

I’m now accessing the pdf for the weekly summary via Dr. Jason Salemi’s site:

Here is some of the data from January 14–20, 2022:

  • New cases = 289,204; Cumulative cases = 5,280,903
  • Positivity rate = 26.8%
  • New deaths = 140; Cumulative deaths = 63,763
  • Vaccination rate = 73%
  • Fully vaccinated people minus those with booster shots = 8,234,285
  • Total booster doses: 4,776,938

Salemi USF: COVID-19 in Florida

The vaccination rate reported by the state rose one percentage point to 73%. This figure represents only those eligible for vaccination and includes partially vaccinated people. Florida’s population is currently 21,975,117, so 59% have at least completed a vaccination series. People who receive a booster shot are removed from the Series Completed Category and added to the Additional Dose Category.

Twenty-two percent of Floridians have received a booster shot, a dose considered extremely important for providing protection against the omicron variant. Since I created this chart, researchers have discovered that booster efficacy begins to wane at ten weeks:

Efficacy at Peak of Protection: Booster Efficacy Wanes 15% to 20% After Ten Weeks

Covid-19: The Omicron Variant

UK Government: Monitoring Reports of the Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccination: Data on the Real-World Efficacy of the COVID-19 Vaccines

Salemi USF: COVID-19 in Florida

On January 14, 2022, Governor DeSantis’s office announced it would not enforce the federal government’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. The US Supreme Court upheld the requirement for all healthcare facilities which receive federal funds on the 13th.

On January 19th, the Florida Department of Health placed the epidemiologist who led Orange County’s pandemic response on administrative leave. He may be charged with a criminal offense for sending an email chiding the county’s public health employees for their 40% vaccination rate.

A day later, Governor DeSantis promoted a conspiracy theory by asserting that many nurses are avoiding vaccination because “they’re trying to have families.” Numerous studies confirm that vaccination does not cause infertility; in fact, getting Covid can reduce male fertility.

Becker’s Hospital Review: DeSantis Casts aside CMS Vaccine Rule for Hospitals

BBC: Top Florida Health Official on Leave over Support for Vaccination

Twitter: DeSantis Pushes Infertility Conspiracy

Covid-19: The Omicron Variant

Note that archived data on influenza statistics is readily available on the FL Dept of Health web site: Florida Influenza Surveillance Reports 2001–2022

This data from January 7–13, 2022, came from Dr. Salemi’s archives. Since October 14th, my browser will not download the FL Dept of Health Weekly Report, citing it as a security risk. Nevertheless, you would not find any archived Covid information on the FL Dept of Health site:

This was the situation during January 7–13, 2022:

  • New cases = 430,297; Cumulative cases = 4,992,265
  • Positivity rate = 29.3%
  • New deaths = 111; Cumulative deaths = 63,158
  • Vaccination rate = 72%
  • Fully vaccinated people minus those with booster shots = 8,332,005
  • Total booster doses: 4,632,038

Salemi USF: COVID-19 in Florida

January 13, 2022 Florida Statistics: What Is Really Happening?

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Covid Deaths in Florida:

Despite making national news for the state government’s attempt to cover up the number of deaths, nothing has changed in the Florida Department of Health’s methodology.

The Hill: Florida Reported ‘Artificial Decline’ in COVID-19 Deaths as Cases Were Surging

Subtracting the January 20th New Deaths from the Cumulative Deaths should give us the number of January 13th Cumulative Deaths. However, doing that reveals 465 deaths which were not included in the January 13th New Deaths. There was a total of 605 deaths reported in Florida during that week. Yet only 23% of deaths (140) are reflected clearly on the January 20th report. This is a 29% increase from last week (470).

Salemi USF: COVID-19 in Florida

January 13, 2022 Florida Statistics: What Is Really Happening?

When the state receives a report of a death from an earlier 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 January 13th and adding data from January 20th 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

During January 13th–20th, Hillsborough County had 12 deaths reported to the CDC, a decrease of 29% from the prior week:

CDC: Integrated County View, Hillsborough FL

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. I can no longer access this file, as my browser deems it a security risk:

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

Since August 1st, 22,999 permanent residents of Florida have died from Covid-19. All FL residents at least sixteen years old became eligible for vaccination on April 1st. SARS-CoV-2 infections have killed 29,081 permanent residents of the state since that date to January 20, 2022. Despite having only 6.6% of the US population, this represents 9.6% of all American Covid-19 deaths since everyone at least 16 years old qualified for vaccination.

Trends in Number of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the US Reported to CDC, by State

Since the pandemic began, 1.0% of all permanent Florida residents at least 65 years old have died due to Covid-19 (1039/100,000). That is 7.2% of people in that age group who tested positive. The percentage fell 5% in the last week (from 7.6%). It was 9.0% on December 30th, indicating that a lot of Florida’s senior citizens have tested positive in the last few weeks. Nationwide, 9.1% of senior citizens who have tested positive have died:

Salemi USF: COVID-19 in Florida

CDC: Demographic Trends of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the US Reported to CDC

The CDC recently updated their algorithm for calculating excess deaths in the US to include six years of data, rather than four, due to the pandemic skewing the expected numbers. Here is that information for Florida. You can click on each bar on their site to see the data for that week. It takes up to eight weeks for complete reporting:

CDC: Excess Deaths Associated with COVID-19

Florida has a higher than expected proportion of excess deaths compared to other states. This is the total number of excess deaths throughout the pandemic, not the number per 100,000 people:

DC: Excess Deaths Associated with COVID-19 by Jurisdiction/Cause

Four weeks ago, Florida improved from the deepest shade of blue for the first time since I began downloading this graphic. If you go to the CDC’s site and click on Florida, you will see on the January 22nd update that only 75 deaths are reported for the last 7 days, despite 605 in the state report during January 14–20, 2022. The other large states have much higher numbers for the week. Florida now ranks second for the highest proportion of Covid deaths among the six largest states: CA (196); TX (264); FL (296); NY (227); PA (307); IL (263).

CDC: United States COVID-19 Cases, Deaths, and Laboratory Testing by State and Territory

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Covid Cases in Florida:

On the January 20th report, Florida reported 5,280,903 cumulative cases. Of those, 289,204 were reported as new, a 33% decrease from the prior week (430,297). Subtracting the new number from the cumulative one should give us the cumulative number from the prior week: 4,991,699.

However, the January 13th report shows a cumulative number of 4,992,265. This week, the state is over-reporting 566 cases, 0.2% of the total:

Salemi USF: COVID-19 in Florida

January 13, 2022 Florida Statistics: What Is Really Happening?

Following six weeks of large increases since the omicron variant was first detected, Florida appears to be starting on a downward trajectory. However, our new cases are still 2,660% higher than in late November. A new case positivity rate of 26.8% means there are likely four unreported cases for each positive test.

Salemi USF: COVID-19 in Florida

Miami-Dade County was one of the first places in the state to detect the omicron variant. On December 16th, 80% of samples sequenced there were the omicron variant. Only two weeks before, 99% had been the delta variant. The omicron wave seems to have reached its peak in that county. Look at what has happened there in the seven days before January 20th:

  • 47,000 cases despite 86% of the eligible population being fully vaccinated. This is a 50% decrease from last week, when there were 94,000; two weeks ago, there were 110,000; three weeks ago, they had 100,000; four weeks ago, there were 11,500 new cases.
  • 1.7% of the population tested positive during last week (1,728/100,000)
  • A 27% positivity rate, meaning the actual number of cases is likely five times higher. This is a decrease of 3% from the previous week.
  • The first drop in hospital admissions (by 27%) since the omicron wave began.
  • However, 151 people died, a 51% rise from a week ago (100).

There is a discrepancy between the CDC and state data, with Florida reporting a 7% lower positivity rate and a slight difference of 455 more new cases:

CDC: Integrated County View, Miami-Dade FL

ABC News: Omicron Makes Up 80% of Cases in Miami-Dade

Salemi USF: COVID-19 in Florida

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.

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

During the week of January 14–20, 2022, 12,068 children under five tested positive in Florida, a decrease of 23% over the previous week (15,645). Among those 6–19, 56,402 tested positive, also 23% fewer than the prior week (72,849). In total, 68,470 Florida residents under the age of twenty tested positive, a decrease of 23% from the week before (88,494). This week, school-aged children had the highest positivity rates in Florida:

Booster shots are approved for anyone at least 12 years old who had a second shot of an mRNA vaccine over five months ago or got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two months ago. Those aged 12–17 are limited to the Pfizer vaccine.

Salemi USF: COVID-19 in Florida

January 13, 2022 Florida Statistics: What Is Really Happening?

CDC: COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

In the Hillsborough County School District, as of January 20, 2022, there have been 22,374 cases during this school year. The 3,458 cases reported during January 14–20 constitute a 17% decrease from the previous week (4,176 during January 7–13, 2022).

This school year began on August 10th, and the district instituted a mandatory mask mandate on August 18th. They ended it on October 15th. Florida law prohibits requiring masks in non-medical settings and now leaves the decision about quarantining after a close contact at school to the child’s parents.

HCSD: Covid FrequentlyAsked Questions

My daughters’ high school has had 103 cases, with none of those in the last week. There were 12 the previous week. The local middle school has had 136 cases. Our elementary school has had 131, with 24 occurring last week and 24 the week before that. None had been reported for several weeks before the fall semester ended.

Hillsborough County Public Schools Covid Dashboard

Here are a few of the FL Dept of Health county positivity rates. Hillsborough County’s fell 7%, from 30.1% to 28.1%. The state average dropped by 9% in one week, from 29.3% to 26.8%. That means there are likely four unreported cases for each positive test. We cannot tell from the state report that the number of cases in Hillsborough County decreased by 25% in the past week (from 24,400 to 18,219):

Salemi USF: COVID-19 in Florida

Dr. Jason Salemi, a professor from the University of South Florida, has been compiling data from the state since May 28th, when the reporting drastically changed. His county-level data are quite helpful. Note that the date reflects the beginning of the week. It indicates that Hillsborough County’s case rate fell 25%, from 1,617/100,000 people to 1,208/100,000 during January 14–20, 2022. On his site, you can click on the maps for detailed information on each county:

He also lists the data for each week since May 28, 2021, when Florida deleted its daily dashboard. I have excluded some weeks to fit the most recent date into the screenshot. The 25% decrease in Hillsborough County cases this week is evident here:

Salemi USF: COVID-19 in Florida

CDC: COVID-19 Integrated County View, Hillsborough County FL

Until January 8th, the state continued to emphasize monoclonal antibody treatment as the main focus of the Covid-19 Response web site. Mutations which have resulted in the omicron variant render ineffective almost all the monoclonal antibodies currently in use. In the region which includes Florida, 99.7% of cases are now due to that viral strain. Two weeks ago, 98% were omicron:

Florida Covid-19 Response

CDC: Variant Proportions

The Hill: DeSantis Calls for States to Be Allowed to Buy Monoclonal Antibody Treatments

January 6, 2022 Florida Statistics: What Is Really Happening?

There is only monoclonal antibody produced in the US and UK which can attach to circulating omicron particles. Sotrovimab works against the omicron variant at a dosage three times that required to neutralize the delta variant. With the sudden shift in predominating strains, it is likely to be very difficult even for people at the highest risk to access the limited supply of monoclonal antibody treatment for an omicron infection.

Three weeks ago, hospitals in Florida used 140 of the state’s stockpile of 4,400 Sotrovimab doses, in contrast to over 2,700 doses of the ineffective Regeneron Monoclonal Antibody. On January 18th, the state announced the opening of additional monoclonal antibody infusion centers to distribute what remained of the 15,000 additional doses of Regeneron secured on January 7th:

Covid-19: The Omicron Variant

Tampa Bay Times: Omicron Undermines Florida’s Strategy to Combat Coronavirus: Gov. Ron DeSantis Continues to Tout Monoclonal Antibody Therapies, but New Evidence Shows Their Effectiveness Against COVID-19 Is Waning

Florida Health: Florida to Open Additional Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Treatment Sites

On December 8, 2021, the FDA issued an Emergency use Authorization for Evusheld, a monoclonal antibody developed for people over the age of 12 with severe immunosuppression. Due to the scarce supply, people with certain cancers or who have received organ transplants receive the highest priority.

Governor DeSantis announced the new preventative was available on December 17th, when Covid was raging through Miami-Dade County. However, the first shipments went to a small private fee-based clinic in Broward County, not to a major medical center. People flew from out of state to receive it. A spokesperson for the state claimed the iCare Clinic received priority because it was open on Christmas and New Year’s Day. The large transplant hospital in Miami was scheduled to receive it this week.

FDA: FDA Authorizes New Long-Acting Monoclonal Antibodies for Pre-Exposure Prevention of COVID-19 in Certain Individuals

Governor’s Office: Governor DeSantis Highlights New Preventative Monoclonal Antibody for Immunocompromised Patients

Stat: A Tiny Florida Company Got more of a Scarce Covid Therapy than Some Big Hospitals, Raising Equity Questions

Miami Herald: Florida Sent Scarce COVID-19 Therapy to a Private Broward Clinic before Jackson Memorial

Local 10: Jackson, UM Hospital to Receive Shipments of Monoclonal Antibody Doses for Immunodeficient Patients

On January 3, 2022, the Florida Surgeon General decried the “testing psychology” which seeks to identify all Covid cases to slow the rate of community transmission. Amidst the scandal which erupted on January 7th concerning the 1,000,000 expired antigen tests, Florida’s web site has also shifted its focus to testing. Specifically, that people who are not high-risk should avoid it.

On January 6th, the governor announced the state is shipping 1,000,000 test kits to long-term care and nursing facilities followed by communities with high proportions of elderly individuals:

The Hill: Florida Surgeon General Blasts “Testing Psychology” around COVID-19

Florida Covid-19 Response

The Hill: DeSantis Administration Says It Let a Million COVID-19 Tests Expire in Florida Warehouse

The Hill: Florida Sending 1 Million Free COVID-19 Tests to Elderly Communities

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Covid Hospitalizations in Florida:

You won’t find any hospitalization information on Florida’s Weekly Surveillance Reports. Florida stopped reporting Covid hospitalizations on June 24, 2021. However, Florida must relay all hospitalization data to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Florida reported a record 13,028 hospitalizations for Covid-19 on August 24, 2021, to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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

In regions where the omicron variant is predominant, hospital officials are seeing more incidental Covid cases among people who are in the hospital. Roughly one-third are admitted for a primary diagnosis of Covid; one-third for a Covid infection making an underlying condition worse; and one-third for reasons unrelated to their viral infection.

WaPo: In the Nation’s Hospitals, this Covid Wave Is Different

MedPage: When COVID Pushes Other Conditions Past the “Tipping Point”—Is the Patient Hospitalized “for” COVID, “with” COVID, or Somewhere in Between?

Last fall, Florida had the highest adult hospitalization rate in the US. Until five weeks ago, Florida had remained the second best (ending at 8.9/100,000) for seven weeks. Last week, Florida dropped in rank from 12th to 17th among states. There was a 0.5% improvement in adults requiring hospital care (62.5/100,000 to 62.2/100,000):

Florida’s pediatric hospitalization rate remained at 14th worst on January 20th, with a 0.3% increase (from 5.58/100,000 to 5.69/100,000):

Salemi USF: COVID-19 Currently Hospitalized in Florida

January 13, 2022 Florida Statistics: What Is Really Happening?

For August 1, 2020–January 20, 2022, Florida has had 368,855 new admissions for Covid patients. This represents 9.0% of all Covid admissions in the US for 6.6% of the US population:

For January 14–20, 2022, there was an average of 2,059 admissions per day, a total of 13,423. There was a trend toward fewer admissions as the week progressed. Overall, there was a decrease of 6.4% from the previous week (2,243/day) and 14% fewer compared to the peak during August 11–17, 2021 when there were 10.42 admissions/100,000 Floridians.

You can find more detailed hospitalization statistics on the same CDC COVID Data Tracker, choosing Florida as the Jurisdiction and stratifying by any age:

During January 14–20, hospitalizations declined for every age group, ranging from 2% for adults over 70 to 15% for ages 18–29. The rate of decrease fell as the population age rose. Only a week earlier, hospitalizations had increased for every adult age group, ranging from 4% for ages 18–29 to 60% for people over 70.

Pediatric hospitalizations fell 11% compared to last week. Children had experienced a 203% rise during the last week of December.

Compared to the delta variant wave we encountered in 2021, omicron admissions have been higher for people younger than 30 and older than 69.

On January 20th, there were 8.97 new admissions/100,000 Floridians; 9.50 the week before:

AgeAdmissions% Change
0–171.66-11
18–293.78-15
30–395.32-10
40–495.33-10
50–598.18-9
60–6913.02-6
70+24.69-2
all ages8.97-6


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

January 13, 2022 Florida Statistics: What Is Really Happening?

After seven weeks of steady increases, the number of adults in the hospital has started to decline. On January 21st, that number had fallen by 2% to 10,879. That is still 1,124% more than on December 3rd. The proportion of adults needing care in the ICU has continued to rise. One-seventh of hospitalized adults are in the ICU (a 6% increase in ICU patients over a week ago).

Pediatric hospitalizations are 2% lower than last week, with 242 children in Florida hospitals. There were 73 pediatric admissions/day, 7% fewer than a week ago but 1,217% higher than on December 3rd:

Salemi USF: COVID-19 in Florida Hospital Admissions by Age

HHS tracks Hospital Utilization. On the morning of January 21, 2022, 83% of hospital beds in Florida were full, the same as last week. Covid patients accounted for 11,468 of them (19% of utilized beds, down from 20%). Last week, there were 11,552 hospitalized Covid patients, so this represents a decline of 0.7%:

Twenty-five percent of ICU beds in use in Florida were used by 1,601 Covid patients, 10% more than the previous week (1,451). A week earlier, 23% of ICU beds were used by Covid patients. Overall, 86% of ICU beds are occupied in the state, compared to 84% a week earlier:

HHS: Inpatient Bed Utilization by State

January 13, 2022 Florida Statistics: What Is Really Happening?

Many hospitals are publishing their own occupancy statistics. For example, Tampa General Hospital released this on January 21st:

  • There were 186 Covid-19 admissions, up from 178 a week before
  • Forty-nine Covid patients were in their ICU, up from 38 a week earlier

Tampa General: Hospital Bed Availability for COVID-19 Patients

January 13, 2022 Florida Statistics: What Is Really Happening?

Archived posts on Florida Covid statistics are available here

Florida Covid Statistics: What is Really Happening?