Brazil continues to be the world’s hotspot for COVID-19 growth. They're driving an overall increase in new daily cases. Worldwide, right now, there are 7,334,728 cases, 413,981 deaths, and 3,616,734 recoveries. We had better news in the US with a third straight day of fewer than 20,000 newly diagnosed cases for the first time in two weeks. We have 2,045,715 cases, 114,151 deaths, and 788,881 recoveries in the U.S. right now. That's an encouraging sign, especially with concerns over the protests potentially sparking an increase in new cases. Speaking of the protests, an undisclosed number of National Guard troops who protected Washington D.C. during the riots have now tested positive for COVID-19.
In Florida, after dropping below 1,000 new cases for the first time in five days on Monday, we saw an increase on Tuesday with 1,096 new diagnosed cases. Palm Beach County continues to experience the most rapid growth in new cases statewide, now only around 500 cases behind Broward. Over half of Florida’s cases remain in the tri-county with Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County having the most cases in that order. In Florida, we have 66,000 cases and 2,769 deaths.
The overall positive test rate in Florida dropped to a new low of 5.2% on Tuesday, less than half of the peak rate of 11%. As a reminder, the newest diagnosed cases are new cases obtained through community spread. This reinforces the importance of adhering to the warnings of public officials including social distancing and wearing masks in public. The average age of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in Florida is 54. With over 113,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19, it is the deadliest virus in the United States since the 1918 pandemic which killed an estimated 500,000 people.
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