By Marsha Mullings, MPH
Cases: 87 million
Deaths: 1.02 million
Cases: 6.4 million
New coronavirus cases across the US have fallen 2% over the last two week.
The country is now averaging 106,000 new coronavirus cases per day.
The US has over 1 million recorded COVID-19 deaths.
Coronavirus cases have remained flat over the last two weeks in Florida. The state reports an average of 10,600 new cases per day.
Coronavirus deaths in Florida are up 91% over the last two weeks.
Vaccines for Children Under 5 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has cleared the way for COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 5 years of age. It recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible.
For more information on coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention, visit www.FloridaHealth.org; nyt.com; www.coronavirus.jhu.edu; www.cdc.gov;
Other infectious disease note
Monkeypox – Monkeypox cases are rising across the globe. There are 4357 cases reported in 48 countries. There are 243 confirmed cases in the United States.
Monkeypox cases are rising in Broward County. There are currently fifteen (15) confirmed cases in the county and numerous suspect cases awaiting laboratory confirmation.
Monkeypox is an infectious disease that causes pox-like vesicles on the face, hands, and other parts of the body. The disease is spread by direct contact with someone who is infected with the disease. Monkeypox is not airborne or spread by respiratory droplets, like coronavirus. Anyone is at risk for Monkeypox. For more information on Monkeypox, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/index.html
Meningococcal Disease in Florida – There is an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida, primarily among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, including those living with HIV. Leon County, FL, has also reported a cluster of meningococcal disease cases among college and university students.
Meningococcal disease refers to any illness caused by bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. These illnesses are often severe, can be deadly, and include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream. Keeping up to date with recommended vaccines is the best protection against meningococcal disease (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC).
For more information on meningitis and the current meningitis outbreak in Florida please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/outbreaks/FL2022.html