South Florida COVID-19 positivity rates still dropping, now at lowest levels since June

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The number of vaccine doses administered in Miami-Dade and Broward increased week-to-week for the first time since late July.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to fall across South Florida’s tri-county area, with case positivity rates in all three counties reaching their lowest levels since June.

The case positivity rate — which measures the share of tests coming back positive — has dropped for seven consecutive weeks in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. That metric has now fallen for eight straight weeks in Broward, showing a consistent trend that cases are on the downswing.

The weekly positivity rates in Broward and Palm Beach counties — 4.3% and 5%, respectively — are at their lowest levels since the final week of June. Miami-Dade’s case positivity rate sat at just 2.9% from Oct. 1-7. That’s the lowest figure since the second-to-last week of June.

Raw case totals fell by between 24% and 28% in all three major South Florida counties week-to-week. Over the past six weeks, raw case totals have fallen week-to-week by an average of 20% in Miami-Dade, 22.5% in Broward and 23% in Palm Beach.

The number of vaccine doses actually increased week-to-week in Miami-Dade and Broward. That’s the first time that’s happened in either county since late July. It’s unclear, however, what share of those doses were for newly-vaccinated individuals and what share were used for third-dose booster shots on vulnerable South Floridians.

Here are some of the weekly numbers for the previous three weeks throughout the South Florida tri-county area:


— Sept. 17-23: 8,556 newly confirmed cases, 5.3% positivity rate, 16,813 vaccine doses administered, 91% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Sept. 24-30: 5,027 newly confirmed cases, 3.7% positivity rate, 13,138 vaccine doses administered, 91% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Oct. 1-7: 3,816 newly confirmed cases, 2.9% positivity rate, 15,191 vaccine doses administered, 92% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated


— Sept. 17-23: 4,349 newly confirmed cases, 6.6% positivity rate, 9,594 vaccine doses administered, 80% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Sept. 24-30: 3,462 newly confirmed cases, 5.5% positivity rate, 7,363 vaccine doses administered, 81% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Oct. 1-7: 2,526 newly confirmed cases, 4.3% positivity rate, 7,636 vaccine doses administered, 82% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

Palm Beach

— Sept. 17-23: 2,921 newly confirmed cases, 7.5% positivity rate, 6,067 vaccine doses administered, 74% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Sept. 24-30: 2,416 newly confirmed cases, 6.5% positivity rate, 4,699 vaccine doses administered, 74% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Oct. 1-7: 1,744 newly confirmed cases, 5% positivity rate, 4,534 vaccine doses administered, 74% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]


  • martin

    October 10, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Once again, thanks to the outstanding leadership of Gov. Desantis.
    NO lockdowns, no silly mask mandates. Leave it up to the citizens to decide how best to protect themselves.

    Hey Charlie, too bad you don’t stand a snowballs chance.

    • Evan Miller

      October 10, 2021 at 10:33 am

      Crist was terrible. As was Jeb. And to think we came within 55,000 votes of having a gay drug addict for governor.

      • Tom

        October 10, 2021 at 12:02 pm

        Doesn’t say much for DeSantis –he barely won against a gay drug addict

    • tjb

      October 10, 2021 at 4:23 pm

      Florida has 6.5% of the USA population, but it has 8% of the USA Covid deaths.
      DeSantis’s Florida leads the nation in the highest percentage of Covid death

  • 32,463

    October 10, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Republican Ron DeSantis 4,076,186 49.59%
    Democratic Andrew Gillum 4,043,723 49.19%

    • zhombre

      October 10, 2021 at 11:54 am

      Thank God for that .4 percent difference. Saved Florida from having a corrupt, drug-addled Tally mayor for Gov.

    • Tom

      October 10, 2021 at 12:05 pm

      Look like you get your news from Outkick. I get all my news from The Onion. They are more factual.

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