COVID-19 July 17th Update

As the world continues to struggle with a rise in COVID-19 cases, Thursday brought about the highest day of cases yet around the world and in the United States. There are now 13,960,499, cases 592,977 deaths, 8,293,613 recoveries worldwide and 3,695,302 cases, 141,118 deaths, 1,679,749 recoveries in the US. 

It was also the second-highest day of new cases in Florida along with it being deadliest yet. We now have 315,775 cases, 4,677 deaths, 34,840 recoveries. With 13,965 new cases, more than Wednesday a week ago, the moving average continued to rise and currently sits just under 12 thousand daily cases over the past week. There were 156 related deaths yesterday and likewise, the moving average sits at a new high of 95 per day. 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. Hospitalization rates remain at their highest levels of the pandemic with 78% utilization statewide and 81% in the TriCounty area.

After reaching a low of 5.2% in early June, the rate since testing began has risen to 11.2%, including testing at greater than 10% positive, the target rate, each day since June 22nd. 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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