COVID-19 July 9th Update

Wednesday brought about 213,000 new cases in a day. To date that's the most worldwide in 24-hours. It’s safe to say that the US isn’t the only country struggling to reign in the spread of the virus. But unfortunately, we were the primary catalyst with over 61,000 new cases. Additionally, the past two days have been the deadliest over the past month. The recent narrative that overall deaths are in decline, isn’t correct. While it’s true that the overall death rate is in decline with the recent rise in cases in younger people, the pace and total numbers of daily deaths have been on the rise and are now back to levels of a month ago when the average diagnosed American was 15 years older on average. 

As of now, there are 12,173,613 cases, 552,204 deaths, and 7,071,933 recoveries worldwide. In the US, we have 3,159,390 cases, 134,867 deaths, and 1,392,807 recoveries. While in Florida, we have 223,783 cases, 3,890 deaths, and 30,190 recoveries.

In Florida, we had 9,989 new diagnosed cases on Wednesday, an increase of greater than 2,600 thousand from Tuesday along with 49 deaths. The past week has produced the highest number of deaths in Florida since May 8th. South Florida remains the epicenter of the virus with Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties having the most cases in that order. 

The overall positive test rate continues to rise in Florida. After reaching a low of 5.2% in May, the rate since testing began has risen to 9.6% including testing at greater than 10% positive. We’re seeing the spike in cases coming from both an increase in testing and predominantly from increased community spread. This reinforces the importance of using proper safety measures like wearing masks in public and socially distancing. 

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