Bay County and Florida COVID-19 cases continue to tumble

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Bay County and Florida COVID-19 cases continue to tumble

Mike Stucka  |  USA TODAY NETWORKBAY COUNTY — Bay County reported a 44.3% drop in new COVID-19 cases last week, continuing a six-week downward trend f

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Mike Stucka  |  USA TODAY NETWORK

BAY COUNTY — Bay County reported a 44.3% drop in new COVID-19 cases last week, continuing a six-week downward trend for the area.

According to the latest statistics, the county reported 181 cases in the latest week ending Sunday. The drop was in line with declines in COVID-19 cases across the state. The number of COVID-19 cases has been declining since the start of September after seeing a big surge earlier in the year.

The previous week, the county reported 325 cases of COVID-19. A week earlier, the county saw 351 cases, which were a significant drop from the 900 cases reported five weeks ago and the 1,132 cases reported six weeks ago.

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A man gets a COVID-19 test recently at a testing site at 4501 Transmitter Road staffed by Ridgewood Diagnostic Laboratory and Frost Medical Supplies.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the county has reported a total of 32,283 cases.

Florida health department statistics show 55% of the county’s residents have been fully vaccinated since March 2020.

Florida reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 25,184 new cases. That’s down 32.5% from the previous week’s tally of 37,299 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Florida ranked 46th 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 12.6% from the week before, with 656,699 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country’s population, Florida had 3.83% of the country’s cases in the past week. Across the country, 12 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Gulf County reported eight cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 16 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 2,979 cases.

Washington County reported 31 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it also had reported 31 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 4,541 cases.

Florida no longer publishes county-level death data.

Across Florida, cases fell in 62 counties, with the best declines in Miami-Dade County, with 3,564 cases from 4,825 a week earlier; in Broward County, with 2,464 cases from 3,401; and in Hillsborough County, with 1,970 cases from 2,843.

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Florida ranked 17th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 67.5% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 65.1%, 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 446,039 vaccine doses, including 110,219 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 445,110 vaccine doses, including 130,718 first doses. In all, Florida reported it has administered 27,226,376 total doses.

Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Dixie County with 244 cases per 100,000 per week; Hardee County with 238; and Taylor County with 213. 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 3,564 cases; Broward County, with 2,464 cases; and Hillsborough County, with 1,970.

In Florida, 1,368 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 1,719 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,645,290 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 56,667 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States, 44,339,747 people have tested positive and 713,227 people have died.

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