BUT FLORIDA ADDS 106 COVID-19 DEATHS, PALM BEACH COUNTY ADDS 11.
JOHNS HOPKINS: FLORIDA POSITIVITY IS 14.5 PERCENT, NOT 4.89 PERCENT
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — If you’re a “glass half full” person with thoughts of unicorns and rainbows in your mind, you will love the 4.12-percent positivity rate that the Florida Department of Health says Palm Beach County logged based on tests recorded Friday through 11:59 p.m. If you’re a “glass half empty” person — or just someone who is reasonably analytical — you’ll look at the number and question whether it’s true. Palm Beach County logged 11 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday with 225 new infections.
The continued positivity drop, just a week before schools are set to start “distance learning” against the wishes of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, seems out of sync with the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center which has become the gold standard of positivity analysis nationwide. While Florida reports its statewide positivity rate is 4.89 percent, Johns Hopkins (link below) says the seven day moving average is actually 14.5-percent. If the statewide number is off by nearly 10 points, it reasonable to question whether Palm Beach County’s numbers are off as well.
Statewide, Florida recorded 4,311 new COVID-19 infections on Friday through 11:59 p.m with 106 deaths. Florida will likely cross the 600,000 infected mark today — it stands at 597,597. The total death count is 10,274.
In Palm Beach County, 40,387 people have tested positive for COVID-19. 1,059 people have died.
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