Most of South Florida is listed in the ‘high’ COVID-19 community category

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — All South Florida counties except Okeechobee are in the highest of three COVID-19 community tiers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its update. weekly published Thursday.

Joining Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade in “high” are Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River with Okeechobee remaining at “medium.” Two weeks ago, Indian River was “low”.

The Tampa-St. The metropolitan areas of Petersburg and Orlando as well as Alachua where the University of F is located; orida are listed as “high”.

The tiers have different recommendations to stop the spread of the coronavirus, including indoor mask wearing recommended for the most severe tier and additional measures for those at high risk.

For medium and low, you are encouraged to “wear a mask if you have symptoms, test positive, or are exposed to someone with COVID-19.” At the medium level, “if you are at high risk of serious illness, consider wearing a mask indoors in public and taking extra precautions.”

The first criterion is the number of cases per 100,000 people over the past week, with 200 or more being considered high. Palm Beach County is 315.35 to 310.3, St. Lucie 207.84 to 178.5, Martin 226.71 to 196.27, Indian River 263.88 to 220.73, Okeechobee 59.29 to 66.3, Broward 416.48 vs 401.85, Miami-Dade 667.88 vs 665.88.0

Another criterion is the number of hospital admissions per 100,000, which is high if it is 20 or more. Palm Beach, St. Lucia, Martin, Okeechobee have 16.4; Indian River 14.2; Browand and Miami-Dade 20.4.

And the percentage of inpatient beds with covid for a weekly average is 15% or more. Palm Beach, Saint Lucia, Martin, Okeechobee represent 4.2%, Indian River 5.3%, Broward and Miami=Dade 5.9%.

The CDC determines an overall high level by counting the higher of the two hospitalization rates.

High categories in three counties reflect surging cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations.

Statewide cases at highest level since mid-February (68,378 last week according to CDC), positivity rate of 13.4% (two weeks ago) highest since start February hospitalizations (2,896 Thursday) are the highest since March 1 and deaths’ (270 for 14 days two weeks ago) are up from 230 two weeks ago. The state will release its bi-weekly report on Friday.

In the latest state report released, the latest case count is more than 20,000 above 39,374 a week ago with 32,956 two weeks ago and 8,040 eight weeks ago, which is the lowest since the start of weekly reports. The last time the weekly figure was this high: 102,953 the week ending February 11. The record is 400,000.

The current seven-day moving daily average is 9,838 with 10,126 the highest since . The figure of 1,127 on March 22 is the lowest since 1,106 on June 8, 2020. The record: 65,277 on January 11 (456,946 in one week).

As of Thursday, 13,181 cases were reported, the most since May 10 13,395, which was then the highest since 15,427 on September 12. A week ago it was 11,380. The daily high: 76,609 on January 8.

The CDC lists overall positivity rates, with a target of 5.0% or less, as Palm Beach 18.89%, St. Lucie 17.25%, Martin 16.75%, Indian River 17.01%, Okeechobee 4.01%, Broward 22.48%, Miami-Dade 26.53%.

Hospitalizations are the highest since 2,880 (5.12) on March 1. A week ago it was 2,352 (4.01%) and on April 11 it was 892 (1.58%), the fewest since record keeping began in July 2020, according to the ministry of Health and Social Services. . The record was 17,295 (2.35%) on August 29 during the delta variant push.

Non-resident deaths are 74,588, a one-week increase of 150 from 140 a week ago, according to Florida CDC data.

The state report does not list county death data, but the CDC releases weekly reports with 14 in Palm Beach County, 11 in Broward, 14 in Miami-Dade and less than 10 in Martin, St. .Lucia, Indian River, Okeechobee. ‘

In March, the CDC began designating “community levels.” Since the pandemic, the CDC has had “community transmission,” which is based on cases and testing, and is divided into “low,” “moderate,” “substantial,” and “high.” The entire state, including all of South Florida, is listed as “high,” except for a few “substantial” and only “moderate” North Florida counties in Liberty. None are “weak”.

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