State No Longer Communicates Daily COVID-19 Data | Sun Gondolier of Venice
VENICE – The state continued to report more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day this week – peaking at more than 1,800 on Thursday – but the number of people needing hospitalization continued to decline.
According to a state database, 1,743 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday.
As of May 5, the number was 3,009.
But the number of new cases reported through Friday is unknown as the state no longer provides a daily update.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw said daily reporting was on hold.
“COVID-19 cases have declined significantly over the past year as we have a positivity rate below 5% and our condition is returning to normal, with vaccines widely available throughout Florida,” Pushaw said.
The Department of Health released a weekly report Friday afternoon that includes summary data for the past 10 weeks for new cases, case positivity and vaccine doses administered.
The age charts show the number of cases versus the number of vaccinations since the vaccines were first offered in December, reflecting, with a small resurgence in April, an almost continuous decline.
The report also shows a breakdown by county, cumulatively since the diagnosis of the first case of the virus on March 1, 2020 and for the week before.
It includes the population of 2021; the number of people vaccinated; the number of cases; and the positivity rate.
A demographic overview contains data on age, sex, race and ethnicity. Another page contains a summary of the death data.
There is no information on hospitalizations.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital had 20 COVID-19 patients on Friday, including three in intensive care. His seven-day positivity rate was 2.8%, compared to 3.1% for the previous period. He did not report any deaths.
Data for Venice Regional Bayfront Health was not available.
The Sarasota County School District reported two staff and 14 isolated students and two staff and 116 students quarantined on Friday.
In the previous 48 hours, three staff members had been asked to isolate and five to quarantine.