One Fifth of New COVID Cases in the U.S. Are in Florida

According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Florida made up roughly one-fifth of the newly reported COVID-19 cases across the U.S. over the past week.

The CDC said that from July 30 to July 24, the state reported 110,724 new COVID-19 cases. Florida's COVID-19 case data for July 31 and August 1 was not readily available on the CDC's tracker.

During the same time frame, the entire U.S. reported 509,530 new COVID-19 cases, indicating that Florida accounted for around 20 percent of the total number of new cases reported across the country.

According to CDC data, as of August 1, Florida was reporting around 12,000 new daily cases over the past week.

On July 30, Florida reported 21,683 new COVID-19 cases, which marked the state's highest single-day case number since the start of the pandemic. Additionally, the Sunshine State also recently reported a record-breaking number of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Sunday, with 10,207 people hospitalized with the virus. The state previously reported 10,170 COVID-19 hospitalizations on July 23, 2020.

A recent report from the White House showed that Florida's Broward and Miami-Dade counties have accounted for the most COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. over the past week, as they each had more than 800 new COVID-19 patients hospitalized.

In addition to Florida, several other states have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases over the past week. During a recent press briefing, White House Pandemic Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said that Florida and Texas now account for one-third of all new COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

"In fact, seven states with the lowest vaccination rates represent just about 8.5 percent of the US population, but account for more than 17 percent of cases, and one in three cases nationwide occurred in Florida and Texas, this past week," Zients said.

The COVID-19 Delta variant has led to the rise in cases across the U.S., but health officials have continued to stress the importance of mitigation efforts such as vaccinations.

Data from the CDC shows that Florida is one of the many states that have less than 50 percent of its population fully vaccinated against the COVID, with 49.1 percent of residents considered fully vaccinated.

In addition to vaccinations, health officials have also encouraged masks again amid the spike in cases, even for those who are considered fully vaccinated.

In May, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order prohibiting localities in the state from imposing their own mask mandates but amid the recent surge in cases, some local governments have decided to defy this order.

In Miami-Dade and Broward County, officials have imposed mask mandates for county-owned buildings, while West Palm Beach's city government also recently announced a mask mandate for city-owned facilities.

Newsweek reached out to the Florida Department of Health for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

COVID-19 in Florida
Florida accounts for one-fifth of newly reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. over the past week. Above, people visit Clearwater Beach after Governor Ron DeSantis opened the beaches on May 4, 2020 in Clearwater. Mike Ehrmann/Getty