TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Reported deaths of Florida residents from COVID-19 increased by nearly 1,300 during the past week, bringing the total to more than 67,500 since the pandemic started in early 2020.
The Florida Department of Health released a report Friday that said 67,572 residents had died of COVID-19, up from 66,279 in a report last week.
It is unclear when the deaths occurred because of lags in reporting.
The Department of Health numbers also reflected a continued slowing of new cases after a surge that started in mid-December because of the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus.
The report said 103,022 cases were reported from Feb. 4 to Thursday, down from 130,890 the previous week.
The state reached a peak of 427,628 reported cases during the week of Jan. 7 to Jan. 13.
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