COVID-19 June 18th Update

If you’re looking for silver linings, you can kind of find them based on Wednesday’s reporting. Tuesday was the worst day for new cases around the world and in Florida. Wednesday was the third-highest for both. That’s something right? In reality, Wednesday was another day confirming the most recent trends where Brazil remains the hottest spot in the world and new cases remain high in Florida. Both the US and Florida now have the most active cases of COVID-19 to date. 

Worldwide, there are 8,408,869 cases, 451,472 deaths, and 4,418,788 recoveries. In the US, we have 2,234,475 cases, 119,941 deaths, and 918,796 recoveries. While in Florida, we have 82,719 cases, 3,021 deaths, and 15,985 recoveries.

In Florida, 2,610 new cases were reported along with 25 deaths taking the state past 3,000 coronavirus related deaths. South Florida remains the epicenter of the virus with Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County having the most cases in that order. 

The overall positive test rate also rose in Florida Wednesday with 5.6% of all tests coming back positive. The peak was 11% around six weeks ago, however, the low was 5.2% two weeks ago. Testing has increased by approximately 30% in Florida in June, however, the increase in cases has been approximately 300% over that same time. This illustrates that the spike in cases isn’t due to just an increase in testing but a significant increase in the community spread as well. This reinforces the importance of adhering to the warnings of public officials including social distancing and wearing masks in public. The average age of a Floridian diagnosed with the virus remains 46. Despite the most recent news Florida continues to outperform the country overall. 

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