Florida reports more than 11,000 new COVID-19 cases, 121 virus-related deaths

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida health officials reported 11,384 new cases of COVID-19 as vaccines are being distributed across Central Florida.

There were another 121 deaths linked to the virus, according to the Florida Department of Health. Of the recent deaths, 31 were reported in Central Florida.

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To date, there have been 31 cases of COVID-19 reported in the state.

The state’s death toll now stand at 21,173, according to the most recent report.


Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Wednesday to give Florida’s senior population first-priority when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine.

He said the order will put people ages 65 and older ahead of other non-hospital frontline workers inline for the vaccine.

“I said at the beginning with the initial doses we want to get this out to our senior population, we think that is important for reducing mortality and hospitalizations for COVID-19,” DeSantis said.

READ: Gov. DeSantis signs executive order giving senior population first-priority for COVID-19 vaccine

According to the executive order, during the first phase of vaccinations, they should be given to long-term care facility residents and staff, people age 65 and older and health care workers with direct patient contact.

In the order, DeSantis states that hospital workers may also provide the vaccine to anyone they feel is “extremely vulnerable” to COVID-19.

DeSantis said Wednesday that 367,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been delivered around the state.

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Many people are wondering when they may be eligible to get the shot.

To give people across the country an idea of when they may be able to get vaccinated from the virus, The New York Times launched a tool for people to calculate where they fall in the long line of Americans looking to get vaccinated.

>>>Click here to use the tool yourself<<<

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

Orange: CASES: 70,814 (+711) DEATHS: 726 (+9)

Polk: CASES: 34,349 (+317) DEATHS: 760 (+1)

Osceola: CASES: 23,626 (+209) DEATHS: 281 (+9)

Volusia: CASES: 20,654 (+262) DEATHS: 414 (+6)

Brevard: CASES: 19,535 (+191) DEATHS: 499 (-2)

Seminole: CASES: 16,813 (+186) DEATHS: 305 (+2)

Marion: CASES: 16,436 (+139) DEATHS: 440 (+3)

Lake: CASES: 14,062 (+199) DEATHS: 286 (0)

Sumter: CASES: 4,589 (+55) DEATHS: 117 (+1)

Flagler: CASES: 3,378 (+32) DEATHS: 47 (-1)

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.