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Monday, February 6, 2023

989.5% increase in COVID-19 cases since DeSantis reopened Florida

It’s been exactly three months since Gov. Ron DeSantis greenlighted Phase Two of his plan to reopen Florida and in that short amount of time, the Sunshine State has experienced a whopping 989.5 percent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

As of Friday morning, 640,211 cases had been identified across the state. On June 3 when the governor made the announcement that bars and pubs could reopen at 50 percent capacity inside and full capacity outside, the state was reporting 58,764 COVID-19 cases – a difference of 581,447.

Under Phase Two, bowling alleys, movie theaters, arcades and auditoriums also were allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. But a portion of that plan was short-lived, as DeSantis reversed his decision on bars and ordered them closed again on June 26 when the state was reporting 122,960 cases.

The number of deaths and people hospitalized also are quite different today than when DeSantis ordered the state to reopen. On June 3, Florida was reporting 2,566 deaths and 10,525 people hospitalized. On Friday, those numbers had ballooned to 11,903 deaths and 39,667 people being treated in area hospitals. That’s a 364 percent increase in deaths and a 277 percent increase in hospitalizations.

In the tri-county area on June 3, there were 39 deaths and 158 people hospitalized. Those numbers have now increased to 392 deaths and 1,481 hospitalized. Those mark a 905 percent increase in deaths and 837 percent increase in those requiring some form of hospital care.

On Friday, statistics provided by the Florida Department of Health showed a breakdown of cases across the state:

  • 0-4 age group: (10,805, 2 percent);
  • 5-14 age group: (26,337 cases, 4 percent);
  • 15-24 age group: (95,084 cases, 15 percent);
  • 25-34 age group: (118,626 cases, 19 percent);
  • 35-44 age group: (103,446 cases, 16 percent);
  • 45-54 age group: (101,298 cases, 16 percent);
  • 55-64 age group: (82,835 cases, 13 percent);
  • 65-74 age group: (48,338 cases, 8 percent);
  • 75-84 age group: (27,896 cases, 4 percent); and
  • 85-plus age group: (16,361 cases, 3 percent).

The breakdown of hospitalizations across the state:

  • 0-4 age group: (248, 1 percent);
  • 5-14 age group: (226, 1 percent);
  • 15-24 age group: (996, 3 percent);
  • 25-34 age group: (2,249, 6 percent);
  • 35-44 age group: (3,417, 9 percent);
  • 45-54 age group: (5,058, 13 percent);
  • 55-64 age group: (7,001, 18 percent);
  • 65-74 age group: (7,773, 20 percent);
  • 75-84 age group: (7,290, 18 percent); and
  • 85-plus age group: (5,403, 14 percent).

The breakdown of deaths across the state:

  • 0-4 age group: (0);
  • 5-14 age group: (4);
  • 15-24 age group: (29);
  • 25-34 age group: (81);
  • 35-44 age group: (213);
  • 45-54 age group: (480);
  • 55-64 age group: (1,265);
  • 65-74 age group: (2,463);
  • 75-84 age group: (3,401); and
  • 85-plus age group: (3,814).

In Marion County, 8,738 cases were being reported Friday. The vast majority of those – 6,878 – were in Ocala. Others were identified in Summerfield (346), Belleview (325), Dunnellon (281), Citra (163), Silver Springs (125), Ocklawaha (94), Reddick (68), Anthony (54), Weirsdale (51), Fort McCoy (37), Flemington (33), Orange Lake (11), Sparr (7), McIntosh (6), Lowell (5), The Villages (5), Candler (5), Salt Springs (4), Fairfield (3), East Lake (3), Morriston (2) and Orange Springs (2). A total of 1,412 cases have been reported among inmates (1,316) and staff members (99) at Lowell Correctional Institution and Marion Correctional Institution.

The breakdown by day of COVID-19 cases across the state, beginning the day after DeSantis’ Phase Two announcement, is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 4: 60,183, increase of 1,419;
  • Friday, June 5: 61,488, increase of 1,305;
  • Saturday, June 6: 62,758, increase of 1,270;
  • Sunday, June 7: 63,938, increase of 1,180;
  • Monday, June 8: 64,904, increase of 966;
  • Tuesday, June 9: 66,000, increase of 1,096;
  • Wednesday, June 10: 67,371, increase of 1,371;
  • Thursday, June 11: 69,069, increase of 1,698;
  • Friday June 12: 70,971, increase of 1,902;
  • Saturday June 13: 73,552, increase of 2,581;
  • Sunday June 14: 75,568, increase of 2,016;
  • Monday June 15: 77,327, increase of 1,759;
  • Tuesday June 16: 80,109, increase of 2,782;
  • Wednesday June 17: 82,719, increase of 2,610;
  • Thursday June 18: 85,926, increase of 3,207;
  • Friday, June 19: 89,748, increases of 3,822;
  • Saturday, June 20: 93,797, increase of 4,049;
  • Sunday, June 21: 97,291, increase of 3,494;
  • Monday, June 22: 100,217, increase of 2,926;
  • Tuesday, June 23: 103,503, increase of 3,286;
  • Wednesday, June 24: 109,014, increased of 5,511;
  • Thursday, June 25: 114,018, increase of 5,004;
  • Friday, June 26: 122,960, increase of 8,942;
  • Saturday, June 27: 132,545, increase of 9,585;
  • Sunday, June 28: 141,075, increase of 8,530;
  • Monday, June 29: 146,341, increase of 5,266;
  • Tuesday, June 30: 152,434, increase of 6,093;
  • Wednesday, July 1: 158,997, increase of 6,563;
  • Thursday, July 2: 169,106, increase of 10,019;
  • Friday, July 3: 178,594, increase of 9,488;
  • Saturday, July 4: 190,052, increase of 11,458;
  • Sunday, July 5: 200,111, increase of 10,059;
  • Monday, July 6: 206,447, increase of 6,336;
  • Tuesday, July 7: 213,794, increase of 7,347;
  • Wednesday, July 8: 223,783, increase of 9,989;
  • Thursday, July 9: 232,718, increase of 8,935;
  • Friday, July 10: 244,151, increase of 11,433;
  • Saturday, July 11: 254,511, increase of 10,360;
  • Sunday, July 12: 269,811, increase of 15,300;
  • Monday, July 13: 282,435, increase of 12,624;
  • Tuesday, July 14: 291,629, increase of 9,194;
  • Wednesday, July 15: 301,810, increase of 10,181;
  • Thursday, July 16: 315,775, increase of 13,965;
  • Friday, July 17: 327,241, increase of 11,466;
  • Saturday, July 18: 337,569, increase of 10,328;
  • Sunday, July 19: 350,047, increase of 12,478;
  • Monday, July 20: 360,899, increase of 10,347;
  • Tuesday, July 21: 369,834, increase of 9,440;
  • Wednesday, July 22: 379,619, increase of 9,785;
  • Thursday, July 23: 389,868, increase of 10,249;
  • Friday, July 24: 402,312, increase of 12,444;
  • Saturday, July 25: 414,511, increase of 12,199;
  • Sunday, July 26: 423,855, increase of 9,344;
  • Monday, July 27: 432,747, increase of 8,892;
  • Tuesday, July 28: 441,977, increase of 9,230;
  • Wednesday, July 29: 451,423, increase of 9,446;
  • Thursday, July 30: 461,379 increase of 9,956;
  • Friday, July 31: 470,386, increase of 9,007;
  • Saturday, Aug. 1: 480,028, increase of 9,642;
  • Sunday, Aug. 2: 487,132, increase of 7,104;
  • Monday, Aug. 3: 491,884, increase of 4,742;
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4: 497,330, increase of 5,446;
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5: 502,739, increase of 5,409;
  • Thursday, Aug. 6: 510,389, increase of 7,650;
  • Friday, Aug. 7: 518,075, increase of 7,686;
  • Saturday, Aug. 8: 526,577, increase of 8,502;
  • Sunday, Aug. 9: 532,806, increase of 6,229;
  • Monday, Aug. 10: 536,961, increase of 4,155;
  • Tuesday, Aug. 11: 542,792, increase of 5,831;
  • Wednesday, Aug. 12: 550,901, increase of 8,109;
  • Thursday, Aug. 13: 557,137, increase of 6,236;
  • Friday, Aug. 14: 563,285, increase of 6,148;
  • Saturday, Aug. 15: 569,637, increase of 6,352;
  • Sunday, Aug. 16: 573,416, increase of 3,779;
  • Monday, Aug. 17: 576,094, increase of 2,678;
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18: 579,932, increase of 3,928;
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19: 584,047, increase of 4,115;
  • Thursday, Aug. 20: 588,602, increase of 4,555;
  • Friday, Aug. 21: 593,286, increase of 4,684;
  • Saturday, Aug. 22: 597,597, increase of 4,311;
  • Sunday, Aug. 23: 600,571, increase of 2,974;
  • Monday, Aug. 24: 602,829, increase of 2,258;
  • Tuesday, Aug. 25: 605,502, increase of 2,673;
  • Wednesday, Aug. 26: 608,722, increase of 3,220;
  • Thursday, Aug. 27: 611,991, increase of 3,269;
  • Friday, Aug. 28: 615,806, increase of 3,815;
  • Saturday, Aug. 29: 619,003, increase of 3,197;
  • Sunday, Aug. 30: 621,586, increase of 2,583;
  • Monday, Aug. 31: 623,471, increase of 1,885;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 1: 631,040, increase of 7,560;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2: 633,442, increase of 2,402;
  • Thursday, Sept. 3: 637,013, increase of 3,571;
  • Friday, Sept. 4: 640,211, increase of 3,198.