ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida health officials reported 11,541 new cases of COVID-19 as cases continue to climb past 1 million in Florida and a vaccine is being distributed.
There were another 125 deaths linked to the virus, according to the Florida Department of Health. Of the recent deaths, 17 were reported in Central Florida.
To date, there have been 1,155,335 cases of COVID-19 reported in the state.
The state’s death toll now stand at 20,490, according to the most recent report.
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 300,000 Monday just as the country began dispensing COVID-19 shots in a monumental campaign to conquer the outbreak.
Frontline workers at AdventHealth are getting Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
The shipment of vaccines arrived Tuesday in a FedEx truck and were carefully unloaded and put into freezers kept at subzero temperatures.
Doctors, nurses, nutritional employees, staff members who clean rooms and several others who are assigned to areas that are at high risk will receive the vaccine first. The first workers got their shots Wednesday morning.
The hospital will use about 9,400 of its 20,000 doses.
“We are convinced that this is a safe and effective vaccine,” said Dr. Neil Finkler, chief medical officer at AdventHealth hospitals in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. “This is a watershed moment. We will all remember where we were when this COVID-19 vaccine was released.”
The hospital plans to share the rest of the doses with other health care systems like Orlando Health and Nemours Childrens Hospital for their frontline workers.
“The promise that this has with actually saving lives and getting us out of this global disaster,” Finkler said. “It’s staggering.”
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.
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: 65,975 (+724) DEATHS: 684 (+3)
Osceola: CASES: 22,057 (+224) DEATHS: 272 (+1)
Seminole: CASES: 15,757 (+169) DEATHS: 301 (+2)
Polk: CASES: 31,996 (+328) DEATHS: 735 (+5)
Volusia: CASES: 19,072 (+211) DEATHS: 398 (+2)
Brevard: CASES: 18,301 (+220) DEATHS: 486 (+2)
Flagler: CASES: 3,137 (+31) DEATHS: 46 (0)
Lake: CASES: 12,727 (+156) DEATHS: 275 (0)
Marion: CASES: 15,218 (+140) DEATHS: 428 (0)
Sumter: CASES: 4,154 (+87) DEATHS: 109 (+2)
Cox Media Group