COVID-19 cases on the Space Coast remained elevated this week, according to CDC data.
From June 1 to June 7, there were 319.96 cases per 100,000 population, which means there were 1,926 total cases. This represents an increase of nearlyfive more cases per 100,000 population compared to last week, which had 315 cases per 100,000 population, according to data by the Florida Department of Health.
The percent positivity also went up. Of those who took a COVID-19 test, 21.94% tested positive for COVID-19. The Florida Department of Health reported a new positivity rate of 16.5% last week.
The CDC variant tracker also shows that 99% of cases are from the omicron variant. However, there could be far more infections in the community than is tracked because at-home test kit results go unreported and not everyone who is symptomatic takes a COVID-19 test.
Though cases remain elevated, the CDC reported that hospitalizations saw a slight decrease over the last week. From June 1 to June 7, there were 78 confirmed hospital admissions. A CDC analysis of hospitalizations showed a decrease of 10% since the week of May 26 to June 1 when there were 90 hospitalizations.
While the CDC did not update its weekly COVID-19 deaths database, last weeks update showed that there have been 2,006 COVID-19 related deaths in Brevard County.
Because hospitalization and case rates this past week remained elevated Brevard County is still a community of high COVID-19 transmission. The CDC calculates transmission levels through a combination of hospitalizations and case rates.
The CDC advises that in communities of high transmission, residents should mask-up indoors, vaccinate and take a COVID-19 test when feeling unwell.
Yet, just 68.4% of the eligible Space Coast population— those ages five and older— have been fully vaccinated.
Nationwide, 70.9% of eligible Americans have been fully vaccinated. There have been 85,084,715 COVID-19 cases and 1,005,823 deaths nationwide since the start of the pandemic.
Where to get vaccinated
The Florida Department of Health is offering COVID-19 vaccines at three sites.
Viera clinic, at 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way.
Melbourne clinic, 601 E. University Blvd.
Titusville clinic, 611 N. Singleton Ave.
Residents also can get vaccinated 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. Vaccinations also are available from 9 a.m. to noon in Suite 2C of Omni's 1344 S. Apollo Blvd. complex.
This article originally appeared on Florida Today: Space Coast COVID-19 cases increase while hospitalizations decrease