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COVID SPREAD SPEEDS: Florida Positivity Jumps To Highest In Month

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Palm Beach County Records Highest Positivity In Weeks As Mask Mandate Extended.

Pediatric Positivity Rate Climbs Again, Now Record Level.

Official Florida Department of Health Graphic for April 18th, 2021.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Florida’s positivity rate just jumped to its highest rate in at least a month as infections and deaths continue. (News app readers access our full report).

The Florida Department of Health reports that Florida’s positivity rate for tests logged on Saturday jumped to 8.68 percent. That is the highest positivity rate since at least March 18th. The closest over the past 30 days was 8.17 percent recorded on April 12th. The rest of the 30 day period was largely in the 6s and 7s.

Statewide, at least 2,168,901 have tested positive for COVID-19. The death count is now 34,439. At least 88,213 people have been hospitalized for COVID in Florida.

In Palm Beach County, the positivity rate leaped from 6.02 percent on Friday to 8.24 percent on Saturday. The jump comes just days after Palm Beach County extended its mask mandate to at least mid-May. The infection count in Palm Beach County is now 138,967. The death count is 2,717.

Also notable is the pediatric positivity rate. It is now 14.6 percent — an exceptionally high number and the highest rate recorded in the past year. The Florida Department of Health defines “pediatric” as anyone 18 or under. The increase comes as the state “mandated” in-person FSA testing for all students grade 3 and higher. While some families have held firm and opted out, thousands of students are now taking part in in-person group testing. While unclear if the testing has lead to the pediatric increase, medical professionals tell BocaNewsNow.com that it’s “likely” the two are related.

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