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Collier County's weekly COVID-19 cases more than double as infections surge throughout Florida

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

Collier County reported a surging number of coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 2,866 new cases. That's more than double the previous week's total of 1,130.

Throughout the pandemic, Collier County has reported 63,519 cases.

Overall, Florida reported 302,179 new COVID-19 cases, more than double the previous week's tally of 124,865.

Florida ranked fourth among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 104% from the week before, with 2,833,203 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country's population, Florida had 10.67% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 49 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Christmas and New Year's significantly disrupted who got tested, how many people got tested, what labs operated and what government agencies reported on time. Some of the Christmas weekend reports were shifted into the latest week. Most states reported no cases at all the weekend of New Year's, which will bump those reports into the following week. Consequently, week-to-week comparisons will be skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they're accurate to what states reported.

Last week's case tracker:Collier County's COVID cases up 291%; Florida cases surge 333%

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Lee County reported 6,019 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 1,815 cases. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 137,699 cases.

Florida does not directly publish county-level death data.

Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Miami-Dade County with 3,678 cases per 100,000 per week; Broward County with 2,496; and Palm Beach County with 1,656. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Miami-Dade County, with 99,926 cases; Broward County, with 48,737 cases; and Palm Beach County, with 24,792. Weekly case counts rose in 67 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Miami-Dade, Broward and Orange counties.

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Florida ranked 19th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 74.5% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 73.3%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Thursday, Florida reported administering another 471,604 vaccine doses, including 113,540 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 605,070 vaccine doses, including 137,227 first doses. In all, Florida reported it has administered 33,644,593 total doses.

In Florida, 157 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 127 people were reported dead.

A total of 4,209,927 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 62,504 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 55,114,057 people have tested positive and 826,060 people have died.

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Florida's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 2.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 10,754
  • The week before that: 4,930
  • Four weeks ago: 2,502

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 146,041
  • The week before that: 99,270
  • Four weeks ago: 86,518

Hospitals in 42 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 32 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 48 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.