Brevard remains a community of low COVID-19 transmission for second week in a row

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Brevard County remained a community of low COVID-19 transmission for the second week in a row according to the Center for Disease Control, with local health authorities reporting fewer cases than two weeks ago.

The Florida Department of Health reported 467 COVID cases between Sept. 16 and Sept. 22, with a new case positivity rate of 10.4%. Cases per 100,000 population were estimated at 74.6.

That’s a drop from two weeks ago, when FDOH reported 697 cases between Sept. 2 and Sept. 8, with a new case positivity rate of 11.8% and 111.3 cases per 100,000 population.

Not everyone with symptoms takes a test, and at-home tests are not reported to FDOH or the CDC, so there could be more infections unaccounted for in the community.

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A community’s level of transmission is calculated by the CDC through hospitalizations and case rates. Between Sept. 15 and Sept. 21, there were 39 new hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Brevard.

There were 11 deaths on the Space Coast from Sept. 16 to Sept. 22, and there have been 2,181 COVID-related deaths in the county since the start of the pandemic.

On the Space Coast, 68% of people 6 months and older have been fully vaccinated, the state Health Department said. Of the eligible population in Florida, group vaccination rates, by age, across the state are:

  • Ages 6 months-4 years, 2.5% vaccinated.

  • Ages 5-11, 25% vaccinated.

  • Ages 12-19, 64% vaccinated.

  • Ages 20-29, 66% vaccinated.

  • Ages 30-39, 73% vaccinated.

  • Ages 40-49, 80% vaccinated.

  • Ages 50-59, 84% vaccinated.

  • Ages 60-64, 88% vaccinated.

  • Ages 65+, 94% vaccinated.

Nationwide, 71.9% of Americans ages 5 and older have been fully vaccinated. There have been 95,700,347 COVID-19 cases and 1,049,864 deaths nationwide since the start of the pandemic.

Where to get vaccinated

The Florida Department of Health offers COVID vaccines at three sites.

  • Viera clinic, at 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way.

  • Melbourne clinic, 601 E. University Blvd.

  • Titusville clinic, 611 N. Singleton Ave.

Brevard residents can also get vaccines at Omni Healthcare’s offices, as well as at its walk-in vaccination clinic located in Suite 303 on the third floor of 1344 S. Apollo Blvd. in Melbourne, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Vaccines are also available from 9 a.m. to noon in Suite 2C of Omni’s 1344 S. Apollo Blvd. complex.

Finch Walker is a Breaking News Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Walker at 321-290-4744 or Twitter: @_finchwalker

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This article originally appeared on Florida Today: COVID-19 cases drop in Brevard, though deaths remain steady