Okaloosa County's COVID cases up for first time in weeks; Walton cases decline by 19.5 %

Mike Stucka
USA TODAY NETWORK

Okaloosa County reported a jump in COVID 19 cases last week after several weeks of improvement. Walton County continued to show a decline in cases last week,  

Okaloosa reported 130 cases in the latest week. That was an 18.2% jump from a week earlier, when it reported 110 cases. Throughout the pandemic Okaloosa County has reported 34,767 cases.

Walton County reported 33 cases in the latest week, a 19.5% drop from a week earlier when the county reported 41 cases. Throughout the pandemic Walton County has reported 12,864 cases.

Marin Ackerman, 10, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, gets a bandage after receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during a clinic for kids ages 5 to 11 on, Nov. 3, at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The FDA recently authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in children. (Joshua A. Bickel/Columbus Dispatch)

Florida reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 10,498 new cases. That's down 13.6% from the previous week's tally of 12,151 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Florida ranked 50th 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 decreased 2.8% from the week before, with 503,769 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country's population, Florida had 2.08% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 22 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Across Florida, cases fell in 49 counties, with the greatest declines in Lee County, with 309 cases from 546 a week earlier; in Broward County, with 1,038 cases from 1,178; and in Duval County, with 271 cases from 372.

>> See how your community has fared with recent coronavirus cases

Florida ranked 17th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 69.5% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 67.4%, a USA TODAY analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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 Sunday, Florida reported administering another 636,069 vaccine doses, including 119,984 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 320,472 vaccine doses, including 64,739 first doses. In all, Florida reported it has administered 29,053,471 total doses.

Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Gilchrist County with 108 cases per 100,000 per week; Monroe County with 93; and Wakulla County with 77. The CDC says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

From last week:Okaloosa County's new COVID-19 cases flat; Walton cases declining again

In case you missed it:Doctor fired for COVID views lends support to Pensacola suit challenging military vaccine mandate

Adding the most new cases overall were Miami-Dade County, with 1,896 cases; Broward County, with 1,038 cases; and Hillsborough County, with 876. Weekly case counts rose in 18 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Seminole, Okaloosa and Gilchrist counties.

In Florida, 664 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 867 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,701,310 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 60,334 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 46,487,791 people have tested positive and 754,429 people have died.

>> Track coronavirus cases across the United States

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Nov. 7.

Likely COVID patients admitted in Florida:

  • Last week: 2,701
  • The week before that: 2,921
  • Four weeks ago: 4,552

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 69,049
  • The week before that: 69,531
  • Four weeks ago: 84,705