COVID-19 May 22nd Update

As of Wednesday, all 50 states were reopening. Thursday didn’t bring the best news however. With just over 28,000 new diagnosed cases, we had our highest day for new cases since May 8th, that's exactly two weeks ago. With incubation periods running up to 14 days, two-week timelines are especially important. This will be closely watched through the weekend in the hope that yesterday was a one-off. The highest day for new cases in the US was April 24th with nearly 39,000 cases. Outside of the US, Russia and Brazil are still seeing a rapid increase in new cases. Brazil is now 3rd in the world in total cases with Russia in second.

Worldwide, there are 5,210,478 cases, 334,891 deaths, and 2,092,878 recoveries. In the US, we have 1,621,196 cases, 96,359 deaths, 382,244 recoveries. And in Florida, 47,471 cases and 2,096 deaths. 

In Florida, the news wasn’t the best. Thursday was the highest day for newly diagnosed cases with 1,204. Florida had 49 deaths recorded yesterday. You’ll imagine the bump in new cases will catch the attention of officials across the state, especially heading into Memorial Day weekend. Thursday has consistently been the highest case day reported in Florida as “data dumps” have occurred, let’s hope that remains the case. Otherwise the news remains better. We’re the third most populous state but just 9th in total cases and 11th in deaths. Florida’s performing far better than most states on a relative basis. We’ve also tested more aggressively than most states, with only New York having tested more than Florida. More than half of all of Florida’s cases remain in the tri-county area with Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach having the most cases in the state in that order.

The overall positive test rate in Florida dropped to another new low of 6%. That's down from a peak of 11%. As a reminder, the newest diagnosed cases are new cases obtained through community spread. This reinforces the importance of adhering to the warnings of public officials including social distancing and wearing masks in public.

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