Most of Florida at “high” COVID risk; Cases reached 10,200 per day

  • Florida’s average daily COVID-19 cases rose 7% over the past seven days from May 28 to June 3, and hospitalizations rose another 20%. Three-quarters of Floridans now live in “high” risk counties for COVID-19. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Case counts and hospitalizations meet CDC criteria for “high” in 23 Florida counties — including Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties. The CDC recommends residents there wear masks in indoor public spaces, make sure their vaccinations are up to date, and get tested if they show symptoms.
  • Working-class Americans were five times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people in higher socioeconomic positions in the first year of the pandemic, according to a study released this week. A group of researchers, including University of South Florida epidemiologist Jason Salemi, found that nearly 70% of deaths among working-age adults had a high school diploma or less. The authors hypothesize that working-class workers were at greater risk of exposure to the virus and had less access to remote work, quality health care, or paid sick leave.
  • As the pandemic continues, the long-term effects of COVID-19 infection are becoming increasingly clear. A study released by the CDC last week shows that one in five adults had persistent symptoms or health complications for up to a year after contracting the virus. Patients reported a variety of COVID-related symptoms, including heart and lung problems and mental fogginess. The rate is even higher in older adults, according to a study published in February. Nearly a third of over-65s may be suffering from long-term COVID. To make matters worse, long-term COVID can be difficult to detect in older adults, Kaiser Health News reported. Researchers and federal health officials recommend monitoring those who recover from infection for persistent symptoms for months after an initial infection, especially in older adults.
Related: Florida is seeing signs of a COVID surge, but hospitals are coping so far

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71,797: Number of cases reported in Florida in the last seven days from May 28 to June 3.

10,257: Average cases per day during this period last week, up 11% from the previous week.

6,196,903: Total number of cases recorded in Florida.

122: Number of deaths reported in the past week.

74,588: Total pandemic deaths in Florida.

Related: COVID was deadly for working-class Americans in 2020, says USF researcher

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34,846: Vaccinations (first or second dose) administered in the past week by 28% less than in the previous week.

80%: Total Florida population that is at least partially vaccinated.

67%: Total Florida population that is fully vaccinated.

78%: Total US population that is at least partially vaccinated.

67%: Total US population that is fully vaccinated.

28,434: Booster doses administered in Florida in the past week are down 23% compared to the previous week.

27%: Total Florida Population Increased.

31%: Total US population that will be increased.

Related: Why aren’t more older Americans getting their COVID booster shots?

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positivity rates

19.8%: Florida, down from 18.3% the previous week.

21.4%: manatee

20.5%: Hernando

18.3%: Pasko

17.9%: Pinella

17.5%: citrus

16.5%: Hillsborough

15.4%: Polk

Related: Gridlock could delay COVID funds until fall — or longer

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2,465: Florida hospital admissions, up 20% from the previous week.

724: Tampa Bay admissions, up 29% from the previous week.

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Related: Few families have applied for government funding for COVID funerals

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local cases

12,723: Cases in Tampa Bay, up 24% from the previous week.

1,134,776: Previous cases in Tampa Bay.

51: Deaths in Tampa Bay

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How to get tested

Tampa Bay: That Times can help you locate free, public COVID-19 testing sites in the Bay Area.

Florida: The Department of Health has a website that lists testing sites across the state. Some information may be out of date.

The USA: The Department of Health and Human Services has a website that can help you find a testing site.

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How to get vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 years and older and booster shots for eligible recipients will be administered at doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and public vaccination centers. Many allow appointments to be booked online. To find a location near you:

Find a site: Visit to find vaccination centers in your zip code.

More help: Call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline.

Phone: 800-232-0233. Help is available in English, Spanish and other languages.

TTY: 888-720-7489

Information and access telephone for the disabled: Call 888-677-1199 or email [email protected].

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OMICRON VARIANT: Omicron has changed our knowledge of COVID. Here’s the latest on how the infectious variant of COVID-19 is affecting masks, vaccines, boosters and quarantine.

CHILDREN AND VACCINES: Do you have questions about your child’s vaccination? Here are some answers.

BOOSTER SHOTS: Confused About Which COVID Booster To Get? This guide will help you.

BOOSTER QUESTIONS: Are there any side effects? why do i need it Here are the answers to your questions.

PROTECTING SENIORS: This is how seniors can protect themselves from the virus.

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