Florida Covid Cases Out of Control at 28,000 Per Day & Counting

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Florida Covid cases are surging to unbelievable numbers. The state, only reporting weekly, is smashing previous record highs, leaving many in limbo, just as schools prepare to open for Fall term.  According to the Miami Herald, Florida is averaging over 28,000 cases per day. For context, throughout the whole pandemic, Florida previously averaged 10,000 cases per day at its worst.

Florida Covid cases are 300% higher than they have ever been.

There are more people hospitalized right now than ever before in Florida. Right now, similar to last summer, Florida is the epicenter of the epicenter in this fourth, and apparently, worst surge yet. To make matters worse, the messaging is all over the place, and good luck re-establishing shut downs and mandates in a society and state crippled with Covid fatigue.

FLORIDA COVID CASES & POSITIVITY RATES

In addition to surging cases, the positivity rates are incredibly high in Florida.

Miami-Dade, although leading the state with the most infections, actually has the highest perecntage of vaccanated people, 77%, and the lowest test positivity rate, 13.7%, data as of August 9th and according to the Covid Act Now tracker.

COUNTY
POPULATION

DAILY NEW CASES PER 100K

INFECTION RATE

POSITIVE TEST RATE

VACCINATED (1+ DOSE)

VULNERABILITY LEVEL

1
Miami-Dade Co.
2,700,000
103.6 13.7%
77%
Very High
2
Broward Co.
2,000,000
92.0 17.4%
65%
Very High
3
Palm Beach Co.
1,500,000
74.4 19.5%
60%
Very High
4
Hillsborough Co.
1,500,000
83.8 20.4%
55%
Very High
5
Orange Co.
1,400,000
90.5 20.8%
61%
Very High
6
Pinellas Co.
970,000
75.0 17.5%
59%
Very High

Tampa and Orlando are over 20%. And if you look at counties in Florida with low vaccination rates, the test positivity rates are jaw dropping.

POPULATION

DAILY NEW CASES PER 100K

INFECTION RATE

POSITIVE TEST RATE

VACCINATED (1+ DOSE)

VULNERABILITY LEVEL

1
Bay Co.
170,000
132.5 35.2%
44%
Very High
2
Walton Co.
74,000
92.2 31.2%
42%
Very High
3
Franklin Co.
12,000
130.8 31.1%
41%
Very High
4
Columbia Co.
72,000
163.6 30.8%
36%
Very High
5
Clay Co.
220,000
98.1 30.6%
43%
High
6
Escambia Co.
320,000
87.6 30.4%
46%
High

Bay County is Panama City, if you didn’t know. Walton County is right next door. Clay County is between Gainesville and St. Augustine. Escambia is also on the Panhandle, including the city of Pensacola.

Currently, Florida ranks 21st in the country at populace vaccinated, at a paltry 49%. The current average throughout the whole country is close to 70%.

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J.J. Colagrande

Has written about Miami culture for fifteen years, first with The Miami Herald, then Miami New Times and Huffington Post.