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Florida's COVID case rate is now among the lowest in the US

Over 73% of eligible populations have been vaccinated in the state.
by: Guest Writer

Adapted from a press release from the Governor's Press Office.

Florida has one of the lowest COVID-19 daily average case rates in the last 7 days per 100,000 residents in the United States. Flagler County's cases are about 50 per week, and the county is now considered "moderate" by the Centers for Disease Control, down from "high." The CDC now recommends that those who are unvaccinated continue to wear masks, but not vaccinated persons.

Sources: State and local health agencies (cases, deaths); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (hospitalizations); Centers for Disease Control and state governments (vaccinations); Census Bureau (population and demographic data).

“Without mandates or lockdowns, COVID-19 cases in Florida have decreased 90% since August,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis. “In addition to cases, hospitalizations have plummeted in our state. This has been accomplished by making monoclonal antibody treatments and vaccines widely available throughout our state while protecting Floridians from government overreach.”

"As Florida now ranks lowest in the continental United States in terms of COVID-19 rates per capita, we are proud to have stood firm in protecting liberty throughout the pandemic," said Lt. Gov. Nuñez. "Gov. DeSantis’ approach was guided by science, data, and pragmatism, not fear and alarmist narratives."

Since August:

  • COVID cases in school-aged children have decreased 87% since schools started; and,
  • Cases in young adults ages 18 to 24 decreased 93%.

“Under the Governor’s leadership, Florida has continued to take innovative approaches to the COVID-19 response – and it is incredible to see the data showing this success,” said Florida Surgeon General Dr. Josephv Ladapo. “Moving forward, we must continue focusing on data and evidence to make public health decisions and not allow such decisions to be politicized.”

Since launching state-run monoclonal antibody sites in August:

  • More than 147,000 Floridians have received treatments at 25 locations; and,
  • Hospitalizations have decreased 87%.

Over 73% of eligible populations have been vaccinated in the state, which is on par with national averages. Florida focused on Seniors First, and as a result, individuals 65 and older have a very high vaccination rate of nearly 90%.

Since June, among individuals:

  • 12-19 years old, vaccination rates have increased by 27%
  • 20-29 years old, vaccination rates have increased by 18%
  • 30-39 years old, vaccination rates have increased by 20%
  • 40-49 years old, vaccination rates have increased by 19%
  • 50-59 years old, vaccination rates have increased by 15%
  • 60-64 years old, vaccination rates have increased by 11%

Floridians can find all COVID-19 resources, including monoclonal antibody treatment and vaccine locations at

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