Thursday brought about the highest daily cases worldwide and the second-highest day in the United States. The recent surge in cases still hasn’t leveled off. Worldwide, there are now 12,397,927 cases, 557,566 deaths, 7,227,108 recoveries. In the United States, we have 3,220,500 cases, 135,828 deaths, and 1,426,483 recoveries. In Florida, we now have 232,718 cases, 4,009 deaths, and 30,907 recoveries.
Additionally, we’re seeing an escalation in deaths, with the US now averaging the highest daily deaths in a month. The recent narrative that overall deaths are in decline, isn’t proving to be 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.
In Florida, we had 8,935 new diagnosed cases on Thursday, as slight improvement, however, it was the deadliest to date with 120 deaths. The past week has produced the highest number of deaths in Florida since the pandemic began and the trend has steadily risen since June 18th - in other words, this isn’t just a case of a spike skewing the numbers. South Florida remains the epicenter of the virus with Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties having the most cases in that order. There are 92 zip codes in South Florida which are hotspots including 19 in Palm Beach County, 25 in Broward, and 48 in Miami-Dade.
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 9.9% - including testing at greater than 10% positive, the target rate, each day since June 22nd - eclipsing 20% this week. The average age of someone diagnosed with the virus remains 39. 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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