For the second consecutive day, we hit a new high worldwide with nearly 137,000 new diagnosed cases. More than a dozen countries are seeing an escalation in cases, led by the struggles in Brazil and Russia. Around the world, there are now 7,600,728 cases, 423,901 deaths, and 3,843,996 recoveries. In the US the news isn’t the best either. We’ve seen a rise in cases for three consecutive days and Thursday produced the most in a week. Right now, we have 2,089,825 cases, 116,035 deaths, and 816,174 recoveries. This as several states, including Florida experience the highest case counts since the pandemic began. It’s clear that the combination of an increase in testing, reopening, and protests are driving cases higher.
In Florida, there are now 69,069 cases and 2,851 deaths, and yesterday we hit a new high of 1,698 newly diagnosed cases. Three of the top four days for diagnosed cases have come within the past week and we’ve experienced an escalation in cases for four consecutive days. Less than 40% of the increase in new cases can potentially be explained by additional testing. There’s no question significant spread has been occurring in Florida, especially South Florida. 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.
The overall positive test rate in Florida remained at 5.3% on Thursday. The peak was 11% around five weeks ago. This reinforces the importance of adhering to the warnings of public officials including social distancing and wearing masks in public.
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