Dr. Alina Alonso

Stunning COVID-19 Update In Palm Beach County From Health Department Director

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Dr. Alina Alonso
Dr. Alina Alonso (File photo).

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The COVID-19 crisis is not anywhere near being over in Palm Beach County.

Dr. Alina Alonso, Director of the Florida Department of Health for Palm Beach County, told county commissioners that the positivity rate is now back up to 7.8 percent and only 62 percent of Palm Beach County residents are vaccinated.

Those are staggering numbers.

Worse, nearly half of all people being hospitalized for COVID-19 in Palm Beach County are between the ages of 18 and 49. If you recall when COVID-19 was spiking a year ago, the elderly were by far the hardest hit demographic.

The Florida Department of Health, under the direction of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, stopped providing daily updates several weeks ago. The public is now forced to wait for bits and pieces of information from public officials when they speak, or when a weekly report is issued by the state.

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is now responsible for 50 percent of all cases in Palm Beach County.

It is unclear why there is resistance to the COVID-19 vaccine in what is considered to be a relatively educated, affluent part of the country. Health officials nationally say the vast majority of those now contracting COVID — and needing hospitalization — are unvaccinated.

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