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COVID PLATEAU FLORIDA? Positivity, Infections Same For Days

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Official Florida Department of Health Graphic for May 1, 2021, showing several days of nearly identical positivity rates for COVID-19.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The COVID-19 positivity rate and new infection count have remained statistically the same for several days, raising questions as to whether Florida’s COVID-19 situation has plateaued.

The Florida Department of Health reports 5,425 new cases logged on Friday. That follows 5,288 on Thursday, 5,670 on Wednesday, and 5,121 on Tuesday.

The positivity rate for Friday’s cases is reported as 5.70 percent. That follows 5.64 percent on Thursday, 5.72 percent on Wednesday, and 5.75 percent on Tuesday.

Simply put: the numbers are statistically the same and suggest Florida’s hit a point where little may change in its fight against COVID. What that may mean for mandates, policies and guidelines is unclear. Many rules and restrictions went into effect when Florida hit a five percent positivity rate. A return to five percent may indicate a new normal.

Florida has now logged 2,238,937 COVID-19 cases. 35,239 people in Florida have died from COVID-19. The cumulative COVID-19 hospitalization count is 90,746.

In Palm Beach County, 143,471 COVID-19 cases have been logged with 2,770 deaths, The cumulative hospitalization count is now 6,773. Of note, Palm Beach County’s positivity rate — only for Friday — dropped to 4.79 percent. That is the lowest in at least two weeks.

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