By Marsha Mullings, MPH
34.5 million cases, 612,000 deaths
2.5 million cases, 38,670 deaths
*The Florida Department of Health has suspended daily case and vaccine reports. The department will instead post weekly updates. The numbers reported here reflect the number of new cases and deaths for the previous week, July 16 – July 22.
New coronavirus infections have risen 144% across the US over the last 14 days. The average number of daily new cases is 57,000.
Florida is the epicenter in the recent surge in new coronavirus infections. The state leads the nation in new cases and hospitalizations.
New cases are up 208% in Florida; hospitalizations are up 119%.
The Delta and Colombia variants are circulating widely in South Florida and surrounding areas.
Vaccinations remain a key weapon in the fight against coronavirus. Vaccinations are free and are available at most pharmacies, health clinics and participating locations, without an appointment.
If you would like more information regarding vaccine efficacy or safety, please contact a healthcare provider.
The Delta and Delta-plus variants present serious risks and heightened probability for infection. The possibility of developing COVID-19 disease remain extremely high for unvaccinated persons. Remaining vigilant against disease transmission is critical. Practice good COVID-19 control strategies:
Observe social distancing guidelines (6 feet or more of separation from others).
Practice good hand hygiene (wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizers).
Wear a mask when out in public if you are unvaccinated.
For more information on coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention, visit www.FloridaHealth.org;