Florida reports 5,600 new COVID-19 cases, 55 virus-related deaths

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported an additional 5,600 COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

The latest cases bring the state’s total number since the pandemic began to 2,228,212.

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Of the latest cases, 1,332 were reported in Central Florida.

The state also reported an additional 55 virus-related deaths.

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Of the latest deaths, 16 were reported in Central Florida. Seven of those deaths were reported in Orange County.

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COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are 94% effective at preventing coronavirus-related hospitalizations among fully vaccinated adults age 65 and older, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published Wednesday concluded.

Results of the real-world study also indicated that the two-dose vaccines - both of which incorporate messenger RNA, or mRNA, technology – were 64% effective at preventing COVID-19 hospitalizations among those in the age group who had only received one dose.

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See a county-by-county breakdown of total (and new) coronavirus cases below, and click here for an interactive map of cases statewide:

ORANGE: CASES: 135,932 (+388); DEATHS: 1,246 (+7)

OSCEOLA: CASES: 43,924 (+152); DEATHS: 499 (+1)

SEMINOLE: CASES: 33,583 (+126); DEATHS: 488 (+1)

POLK: CASES: 67,355 (+248); DEATHS: 1,304 (+2)

VOLUSIA: CASES: 42,617 (+114); DEATHS: 788 (+1)

BREVARD: CASES: 40,780 (+120); DEATHS: 859 (+1)

FLAGLER: CASES: 7,191 (+19); DEATHS: 110 (+2)

LAKE: CASES: 29,228 (+88); DEATHS: 625 (+1)

MARION: CASES: 30,677 (+62); DEATHS: 947 (0)

SUMTER: CASES: 9,249 (+15); DEATHS: 275 (0)

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.