South Florida counties remain in the “high” COVID-19 community category

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — All South Florida counties except Okeechobee remain in the highest of three COVID-19 community levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its weekly update released Thursday.

Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Broward and Miami-Dade are listed as “high” while Okeechobee is “medium” for consecutive weeks after a week in the top category.

The only other counties in central to south Florida are Glades and Henry. The only counties “low” are in the Panhandle.

The tiers have different accolades to try to stop the spreading coronavirus, including wearing masks indoors, recommended for the most severe tier, and extra measures for those at high risk.

For medium and low, you’re told to “wear a mask if you have symptoms, test positive, or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.” Intermediate: “If you are at high risk of serious illness, consider wearing a mask in public and taking extra precautions.

The first criterion is cases per 100,000 people in the past week, with 200 or more considered high. One-week decreases were Palm Beach County, Martin and Borward. There were increases in St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, Miami-Dade.

Palm Beach County is at 309.52, down from 332.78; St. Lucie 310.09 vs. 284.19; Martin 237.27 vs. 242.86, Indian River 285.76 vs. 259.5; Okeechobee 175.49 vs 128.06; Broward 402.09 vs 434.0; Miami-Dade 632.22 vs. 578.52.

Another criterion is hospital admissions per 100,000, which is high at 20 or more. Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee are 17.9; Indian River 13.4; Broward and Miami-Dade 4/25

And the percentage of occupied inpatient beds with Covid on a weekly average is considered high when it is 15% or more. Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee 6.1%, Indian River 6.2%; Broward, Miami-Dade 7.7%.

The CDC determines an overall high level by counting the higher of the two hospitalization rates.

The high categories in three counties reflect rising cases, positive rates and hospitalizations.

Nationwide, cases are at their highest since mid-February (74,257 over the past week according to CDC), 17.2% positivity rate (Friday) is highest since early February, hospitalizations (3,612 Thursday with 6.17 capacity) are one The day after (3,687, 6.64% capacity), the largest since February 23 and the increase in deaths in a week, 324, is the largest in the United States and a week after 269, according to the CDC.

The current seven-day moving average is 10,571. The number 1,127 on March 22 is the lowest since 1,106 on June 8, 2020. The record: 65,277 on January 11 (456,946 in one week).

12,501 cases were reported Thursday for a total of 6,407,648, behind California and Texas with 14,015 on June 3. A week ago it was 12,741. The daily record: 76,608 on January 8th.

CDC lists overall positivity rates targeting 5.0% or less as Palm Beach 19.42%, St. Lucie 23.66%, Martin 16.94%, Indian River 17.68, Okeechobee 9.81% , Broward 21.08%, Miami-Dade 22.52%. In one week, Martin and Okeechobee fell while the other South Florida counties were gaining.

A week ago, hospital admissions were 3,500 (5.93%) and on April 11 892 (1.58%), the lowest since records began in July 2020, according to the Department of Health and Social Care. The record was 17,295 (2.35%) on Aug. 29 during the Delta Variant surge.

Resident deaths stand at 75,411, according to CDC data from Florida, which ranks third behind California and Texas.

The state report doesn’t list data on counties’ deaths, but the CDC issues weekly reports, 17 in Palm Beach, 26 in Miami-Dade, 26 in Broward and fewer than 10 in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee .

In March, the CDC began establishing “community levels.” Since the pandemic, the CDC has had a “community transmission,” based on cases and testing, categorized as “low,” “moderate,” “substantial,” and “high.” The overall condition is listed as “high”.

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