BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Florida just hit its highest COVID-19 positivity rate ever. Palm Beach County did, as well.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the positivity rate for tests recorded on Monday is 22.75 percent. That is beyond the level of what health officials call dangerous. It is unprecedented. In Palm Beach County, the positivity rate for Monday’s tests is 19.50 percent. Also a record. For those who are not Mathematicians — and we’re in that category — we’ll make it simple. In Florida, 22.75 of every 100 people who had a test reported on Monday were positive for COVID-19. In Palm Beach County, 19.5 of every 100 people tested positive.
On Sunday, by comparison, the positivity rate in Florida was 11.07 percent. That’s a huge jump.
Here’s the official statement from the Florida Department of Health, transmitted in a rare mid-week press release after the DeSantis administration stated that press releases would no longer be issued during the week. We note the logic is questionable, but interpret the following for yourself:
“Today, the Florida Department of Health (DOH), issued an update on COVID-19 in Florida. The reported positivity rate is 22.75 percent, which should be interpreted with caution due to reduced hours and closures at doctor’s offices, public testing sites, and laboratories for the holidays. These reduced hours and closures have resulted in less people tested and delays in result processing and reporting which have impacted Florida’s daily testing number by nearly half. As we continue to experience office closures and holidays through January 4, 2021, it is possible that data may continue to be impacted over the coming days.”
By the numbers, 11,887 people tested positive on Monday. The death count rose by 101. There are now 1,292,252 people infected with COVID-19 in Florida. The death count is 21,409.
In Palm Beach County, 511 new positive tests were logged on Monday with 7 new deaths. There are now a total of 81,390 COVID-19 infections in Palm Beach County with 1,873 dead.
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