Here’s what some FDA vaccine advisers said about Covid-19 boosters — and what comes next 

Orange County, Florida, Mayor Jerry Demings opened a news conference this afternoon by acknowledging a “fairly grim milestone” in the state as Florida marks over 50,000 Covid-19 deaths.  

“One-quarter of those deaths have occurred since the surge of infections from the Delta variant, so that puts an exclamation point on the fact, just how deadly the Delta variant has been for all of us,” Demings said.  

They have “seen the same trends in Orange County as well,” Demings said, with at least 372 resident deaths in August. There have been at least 85 additional Covid-19 deaths since the last briefing this Monday alone. 

However, Orange County is also “seeing some very promising news,” said the mayor, such as the number of daily infections declining. For the 13th straight day, the number of daily cases has been under 1,000. 

In addition, Demings pointed to Advent Health transitioning to “green status” for their facilities in Central Florida, meaning they have now returned to normal operations. This is a direct result of the steady decrease in infections in the area since the peak in August. 

There is also a continued increase in the number of eligible county residents getting their vaccinations for Covid-19, the mayor said.

“As of today, 72% of eligible residents ages 12 and up have received one or more doses of the vaccine,” he said.

What the latest data shows: According to data from John Hopkins University, the five states reporting the highest numbers of total Covid-19 deaths are:

  • California: 67,754
  • Texas: 61,229
  • New York: 54,742
  • Florida: 50,811
  • Pennsylvania: 28,812

As of 3:30 p.m. ET Friday, the total US death toll from Covid-19 was 671,098.


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