COVID cases plummet 29.6% in Okaloosa County; fall 22.8% in Walton County

Mike Stucka

Okaloosa and Walton counties continued to see fewer reported cases of COVID 19 for the week that ended Sunday.

Okaloosa reported 609 cases in the latest week. That was a 29.6% from from week earlier, when it had reported 865 cases. Throughout the pandemic Okaloosa has reported 33,617 cases.

Walton reported 206 cases in the latest week, a 22.8% drop from a week earlier, when it had reported 267 cases. Throughout the pandemic Walton has reported 12,460 cases.

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Florida also reported far fewer coronavirus cases last week, adding 54,109 new cases. That's down 28.8% from the previous week's tally of 75,998 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Florida ranked 28th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week, coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 18.9% from the week before, with 837,185 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country's population, Florida had 6.46% of the country's cases in the past week. Across the country, 10 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Across Florida, cases fell in 65 counties, with the greatest declines in Palm Beach County, with 2,929 cases from 4,588 a week earlier; in Hillsborough County, with 3,874 cases from 5,490; and in Orange County, with 3,235 cases from 4,669.

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Florida ranked 17th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 66.3% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 64%, a USA TODAY analysis of federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Wednesday, Florida reported administering another 387,254 vaccine doses, including 138,783 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 449,219 vaccine doses, including 166,275 first doses. In all, Florida reported it has administered 26,335,227 total doses.

Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Hardee County with 557 cases per 100,000 per week, Santa Rosa County with 444 and Putnam County with 428. The CDC says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Miami-Dade County with 7,248; Broward County with 4,188; and Hillsborough County with 3,874.

In Florida, 2,340 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 2,468 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,582,807 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 53,580 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 42,931,354 people have tested positive and 688,032 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Sept. 26.

Likely COVID patients admitted in Florida:

  • Last week: 7,073
  • The week before that: 8,815
  • Four weeks ago: 15,901

Likely COVID patients admitted in the United States:

  • Last week: 102,610
  • The week before that: 111,420
  • Four weeks ago: 128,233