FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Florida’s COVID-19 cases rose this week at a rate not seen for more than two months, the state’s latest data shows.
From July 2 to 8, 23,697 new cases were verified in Florida, the highest weekly increase since 29,263 new cases were reported in the week beginning April 30.
The new case’s positivity rate also rose to 7.8%, the highest in the 10-week span by far. Last week it was 5.2% and the week before it was 3.8%.
Vaccinations have dropped steadily over the past 1
Forbes reported Thursday that Florida is among the states with the highest COVID-19 cases per capita. Inhabitant and one of the states where admissions climb.
President Joe Biden said this week that more COVID vaccinations are needed as the Delta variant spreads.
“We have to go to community after community, neighborhood by neighborhood and often times door to door, literally knocking on doors,” Biden said.
The Delta variant is soon expected to take over as a dominant strain in Florida, researchers say, noting that it is already the most common virus strain in the United States and accounts for nearly 52% of cases.
In South Florida, Broward Health, Memorial Regional and Jackson Memorial all tell Local 10 News that they see higher COVID-19 admissions this week. They say they are not testing for variants, so they are not sure how many of their cases are of the Delta variant, but they attribute it to being an influx after the holidays.
Among Florida’s qualified population (aged 12 and older), 58% have been vaccinated.
The counties of Miami-Dade (73%), Broward (66%), Monroe (68%) and Palm Beach (62%) all have higher than average state vaccination rates.
Last month, Florida ended its daily COVID-19 reports and now releases weekly data on Friday.
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