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COVID cases in Palm Beach County rise; rate of spread stays low
Palm Beach Post - 5/28/2021
With public health officials crossing their fingers hoping unvaccinated people wear masks over the long holiday weekend, there was a slight uptick in cases in Palm Beach County while state case counts held steady.
The 154 additional cases tallied in the county was the highest in six days, pushing the weekly total to 869. That is still the lowest seven-day total since Oct. 12.
Across the state, another 2,338 cases were reported, the same number as Thursday. Like the county, the 15,958 cases reported in the past week is the lowest in seven months.
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The daily positivity rates, which indicate the prevalence of the virus and risk of infection, remained low.
The state rate dipped to 3.03%, lowering the 14-day average to 3.94%. It is the first time since at least May 2020 that the state’s average rate has been below 4%.
The county’s daily rate was 3.47%. It has averaged 3.23% over the past 14 days, mirroring levels recorded in October.
While vaccination rates are credited with reducing cases, just 18,955 people got shots in the county in the past week. That is the lowest number since a lull in early March before eligibility was expanded.
Statewide, an additional 297,119 people got at least one shot in the week ending Friday. That is the lowest number since late February.
To boost vaccination rates, mobile vans are to be in downtown Delray Beach and Lake Worth Beach during the weekend, offering shots to anyone over the age of 12. The van is to be at the oceanfront park in Lake Worth Beach on Saturday.
COVID BY THE NUMBERS
2,320,818 — People in Florida who have been diagnosed with the disease, about 10.8% of the population.
148,277 — People in the county who have tested positive, about 9.9% of the population.
37,512 — Deaths in Florida, including 43 that were reported Friday.
2,930 — Fatalities in the county, including two added on Friday.
8,187,878 — Fully vaccinated people in Florida. Another 2,025,402 are awaiting second doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.
598,907 — People in the county who are fully vaccinated. Another 138,224 still need second shots.
45.5% — Percentage of state residents over the age of 15 who are fully vaccinated. Anyone over the age of 12 is eligible.
46.2% — Percentage of county residents over the age of 12 who are fully vaccinated.
This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: COVID cases in Palm Beach County rise; rate of spread stays low
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