COVID-19 July 22nd Update

The news wasn’t great around the world on Tuesday with a seven-day trend in new cases and deaths rising again, as has consistently been the case since May 14th. It was a different version of a similar thing in the US, though there’s a definite slowdown in new cases in the states which hopefully will become part of an improving trend soon. Overnight there were two milestone numbers crossed which will doubtlessly make headlines once news media catches up to the information. 15 million total diagnosed cases worldwide and 4 million in the United States.

The closed case death rate for those diagnosed with the virus remains at 6% worldwide, which is the lowest since March 11th and equals the lowest rate during the pandemic. The rate currently sits at 7% in the US, which is the lowest yet and appears likely to continue to fall. The increase in testing combined with improved treatment options for those critically ill is clearly making a positive difference.

Worldwide, there are 15,101,115 cases, 619,647 deaths, and 9,118,471 recoveries. In the United States, we have 4,028,733 cases,144,958 deaths, 1,886,778 recoveries. In Florida, there are now 369,834 cases, 5,207 deaths, and 39,217 recoveries.

On Tuesday, things were better than the headlines may have suggested. It was the first day we reported under 10,000 new cases in a week, but importantly, this came after a three-day decline in the weekly average for new cases. As of now, Friday marked the seven-day peak of the pandemic in Florida. The 132 related deaths tied the second-highest day of the pandemic, however, this was expected given last week’s peak in cases.

South Florida remains the epicenter of the pandemic in Florida and hospitalization rates remain at their highest levels of the pandemic. The overall positive test rate continues to rise in Florida, though the positive test rate remains questionable after it was revealed that certain medical labs in Florida only reported the positive results starting around July 4th. While more Floridians have been diagnosed between the ages of 25-34 than any other ten-year window, the recent increase in average age demonstrates spread from younger adults to older adults most recently. This reinforces the importance of using proper safety measures like wearing masks in public and socially distancing.

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