Even as COVID-19 vaccines roll out in the state, Florida reported a rise in the number of daily new cases, indicating the virus continues to remain prevalent in the state as more people get tested.
In early January, the seven-day average for new cases had climbed as high as 17,991. It was 5,737 on Thursday, a seven-day average last seen in February.
Take a deeper look at Florida’s updated coronavirus numbers.
South Florida counties reported 3,376 new cases Thursday, up from 2,984 new cases a week ago. July 2020 was the worst month for cases in South Florida.
Testing and positivity
Public health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is under 5%. But since Oct. 29, Florida has exceeded 5% in its widely publicized calculation for assessing the rate for testing of residents.
The positivity rate has been rising in South Florida counties, remaining above 6%.
The numbers of hospitalized COVID patients and deaths in South Florida have declined. The daily death count is now below 100 per day.
Hospitalizations hit a peak in late July of about 9,500 patients statewide.
Explore the map of current hospital capacity across Florida.
More than 6.78 million people in Florida have received one or more doses of the COVID vaccine.
Sun Sentinel health reporter Cindy Goodman can be reached at email@example.com