Level of Community Transmission​ Of COVID 19 Florida

With The Level Of COVID Community Transmission Less Than 1%, Florida Finds Itself On An Island With Puerto Rico

Level of Community Transmission of COVID-19, by State/Territory, SOURCE: CDC

As natural immunity and vaccination rates increase throughout each state in the country, Florida’s spread of COVID-19 has slowed to less than 1%, according to the CDC.

In the last 7-day period, there were 47.9 cases of COVID-19 community transmissions per 100,000 people in Florida or .05%, and Puerto Rico documenting even lower numbers at 27.7 community transmission cases per 100,000 people, or .03% positivity rate, according to the CDC.

The latest data from the Florida Department of Health (Oct-29-Nov 4) shows the progressional decline in positivity rates for cases of COVID-19 for a ten-week period, with new cases for the week starting August 27, 2021, at 129,664 and declining for the week starting Oct 29, 2021, down to 11,069.

Screenshot from Florida Department Of Health

The cumulative death rate in Florida, since the first death caused by the COVID-19 illness in March of 2020, remains at 1.6% or 60,334 deaths. Those 65 and older account for 45,125 of those deaths in the state, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Screenshot from Florida Department Of Health

Vaccinations and treatments for COVID-19 have been made readily available for both preventative and life-saving measures.

Florida launched multiple monoclonal antibody sites throughout the state to help those with the illness and prevent more deaths from the virus.

During a press conference in August, Florida Governor DeSantis was joined by Lieutenant Governor Nuñez; federal, state, and local officials; recovered treatment recipients; and family members of treatment recipients at three stops to discuss the life-saving benefits of the treatment.

DeSantis said during that August press briefing, “As of this morning, the state of Florida through our 21 different sites has been able to provide nearly 30,000 treatments of monoclonal antibodies all throughout our state. If you look at the numbers, admissions for COVID to hospitals are down, visits to the emergency department for COVID-like illness are down, and the COVID-positive hospital census is also down.”

Toma Dean relayed her story of recovering from the virus with the help of monoclonal antibodies.

“I was on day nine [of symptoms] when I received the Regeneron treatment,” said Toma Dean, a mother of two who received monoclonal antibodies at the Jacksonville site. “I had a 105-degree fever, oxygen levels in the 70s and 80s, had been given fluids at the hospital, and was sent home. I was heading for an ICU bed or high flow oxygen, there was no doubt in my mind. I have two kids; I need to be here for them. I went to the Regeneron site where a photo of me went viral. If you look at that photo and you think you’re half that sick, get up today and go to a Regeneron site. It will save your life.”

“Vaccines are the key,” said Dr. Ulyee Choe, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County said during a press conference in August, “And while we have seen some breakthrough cases, it still remains effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Vaccines are readily available in the pharmacies, medical clinics, and health departments locally and we continue to work with our partners — churches, businesses — to really push it out there. The monoclonal antibody therapy is certainly an important tool in the toolbox, shown to decrease hospitalization risk by 70 to 75 percent. I want to thank the Governor for making that access available at our site at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.”

To find locations to receive a vaccination or monoclonal antibody treatment around the state, please visit floridahealthcovid19.gov

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