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Your coronavirus update for Friday: More than 4 million at least partially vaccinated in Florida

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A healthcare worker fills a syringe from a vial with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus as South Africa proceeds with its inoculation campaign at the Klerksdorp Hospital on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP) (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)


More than four million people have received at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine in Florida.

And 2.2 million have been fully vaccinated, including 52,624 using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Florida is reporting 5,214 new cases of COVID-19 and 105 additional deaths.

The number of cases per day is on average 15% lower this week compared to last, according to data from Johns Hopkins University analyzed by NPR. But in the past four days the cases have risen steadily.

So far 1,931,613 Floridians have contracted COVID-19 and 32,214 have died.

Statewide, just over 3,000 people are hospitalized because of it.

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Joe Byrnes came to Central Florida Public Media from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.