Thursday, February 2, 2023

Florida COVID Weekly Update: New cases continue to rise in South Florida

What is the status of COVID-19 in Florida?

As of Thursday, Dec. 8, the state has added a daily average of 2,584 cases and 14 deaths over the past seven days, according to a Miami Herald count based on data released by the CDC. This is an increase from an average of 1,835 cases per day and a decrease from an average of 32 deaths per day in the previous seven-day period.

As of Tuesday, December 13, more than 14,833,000 people in Florida had been fully vaccinated. The state has recorded at least 7,270,113 cases and 83,195 deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The number of cases is likely to be less than the actual number due to positive results of COVID tests done at home. The state only records cases and deaths of people living in Florida.

Here’s a rundown of what to know this week:

COVID Variant Monitoring

The CDC is tracking 16 subtypes of the Omicron strain, 12 of which are circulating across the United States and all are new cases.

From December 4 to December 10, the BQ.1.1 strain was the most dominant form in the United States, accounting for 36.8% of cases. According to CDC data, the BQ.1 variant is now the second dominant strain, accounting for 31.1% of cases.

In the Southeast region, which includes Florida, BQ.1.1 accounted for 41.1% of cases and BA.1 for 26.4%, with the first and second most dominant strains.

Spread of COVID in South Florida

Over the past week, Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, Palm Beach, and Manatee counties have been at low risk for transmission of COVID-19.

Below this level, the CDC recommends staying up to date on coronavirus vaccinations and getting tested if you have symptoms. Masks are recommended only for those who have symptoms, test positive or have been exposed to the virus.

COVID-19 Cases in South Florida and Manatee County

From Dec. 8 to Dec. 1, Florida reported 18,090 new cases, according to the Miami Herald’s count from the CDC’s Community Profile report released Friday.

Here is a breakdown of new COVID cases in South Florida and Manatee County, according to the report.

miami dade 4,722 new resident cases were registered in the week ending 8 December, taking the total to 1,482,343 since March 2020, when the pandemic began. New cases were 60.78% more than those added last week, and COVID-19 tests increased by 22.06%.

broward Residents reported 1,830 new cases, bringing the total to 744,732. New cases were 36.26% more than those added last week, and COVID-19 tests increased by 23.07%.

Palm Beach 1,257 new cases have been reported residents, reaching a cumulative total of 459,951. The new cases were 23.72% higher than those added last week and the COVID-19 tests increased by 19.46%.

monroe Residents reported 28 new cases, taking the total to 22,150. The new cases were 26.32% less than the cases added last week and the COVID-19 tests increased by 17.57%.

manatee Residents reported 279 new cases, bringing the total to 119,100. The new cases were 46.07% higher than those added last week and the COVID-19 tests increased by 10.58%.

COVID deaths in South Florida and Manatee County

Florida has added 226 deaths in the past week, according to the Miami Herald’s count from the CDC’s Friday Community Profile report.

It is not clear when these new deaths occurred. The Community Profile Report updates the numbers and rates for Florida counties approximately once every seven days.

Florida had a cumulative death rate of 387 per 100,000 people since the start of the pandemic, according to Friday’s Community Profile report.

According to the CDC, here’s how the death toll stacks up in South Florida and Manatee County:

death toll in miami dade is 11,948, an increase of 12 deaths from last Friday’s report. This assumes a rate of 440 cumulative deaths per 100,000 inhabitants since the start of the pandemic.

death toll in broward 6,508, an increase of five. This is a rate of 333 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people.

death toll in Palm Beach 5,771, an increase of seven. This estimates a rate of 386 cumulative deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

death toll in monroe is 132, without variation. The county would have a rate of 178 deaths per 100,000 people if its population were that large.

death toll in manatee is 1,661, an increase of seven. The manatee has a rate of 412 cumulative deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

Vaccination against COVID-19 in Florida

According to the CDC, approximately 14,833,950 eligible Floridians – 69.1% of the state’s population – have completed either a two-dose series of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or a single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Here’s how many people have received updated reactivations from Pfizer-BioNTech in South Florida and Manatee County since October 12, according to the CDC:

in Miami-Dade Approximately 148,855 people have received booster reactivation, which is 5.8% of the fully vaccinated population.

and Broward Some 154,706 people have received reactivation, with 8.4% of the population fully vaccinated.

and Palm Beach Some 155,387 people have received reactivation, which is 10.9% of the fully vaccinated population.

Ann Monroe Some 7,966 people have received reactivation, which is 11.2% of the fully vaccinated population.

in manatee Some 43,232 people have received reactivation, which is 11.2% of the fully vaccinated population.

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