Steady decline in South Florida COVID-19 cases continues, weekly totals down nearly 90% from Summer peak

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Nearly 1.25 million vaccine doses have been administered across the tri-county area.

There’s more good news in South Florida’s fight against COVID-19, as weekly case counts have fallen around 89% from the peak numbers seen during this summer’s deadly surge.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have each seen around a 89% reduction in cases when comparing this week’s numbers to the worst respective weeks in August, when COVID-19 cases hit their highs.

According to the newest weekly report from the Department of Health, Miami-Dade County recorded just 2,379 cases from Oct. 15-21. Broward had 1,560 cases, while Palm Beach saw 1,062 newly confirmed cases. Over the previous eight weeks, raw case counts have dropped by 23% per week on average in Palm Beach County, 22% in Broward and 20% in Miami-Dade.

Case positivity rates — which measure the share of tests coming back positive — dropped week-to-week in Broward and Palm Beach counties as well. Miami-Dade’s case positivity rate stayed the same as last week’s. That 2.2% is small as compared to several weeks during the summer when it sat after north of 12%.

The number of vaccine doses remained fairly constant week-to-week in each of South Florida’s three major counties. The number rose 5% in Broward while dropping just 3% in Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade saw just 16 fewer doses administered week-to-week.

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

Miami-Dade

— 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

— Oct. 8-14: 3,033 newly confirmed cases, 2.2% positivity rate, 13,233 vaccine doses administered, 93% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Oct. 15-21: 2,379 newly confirmed cases, 2.2% positivity rate, 13,217 vaccine doses administered, 93% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

Broward

— 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

— Oct. 8-14: 1,943 newly confirmed cases, 3.4% positivity rate, 6,485 vaccine doses administered, 82% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Oct. 15-21: 1,560 newly confirmed cases, 2.9% positivity rate, 6,833 vaccine doses administered, 82% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

Palm Beach

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

— Oct. 8-14: 1,430 newly confirmed cases, 4.1% positivity rate, 3,632 vaccine doses administered, 75% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Oct. 15-21: 1,062 newly confirmed cases, 3.4% positivity rate, 3,536 vaccine doses administered, 75% 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]


One comment

  • Tom

    October 23, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    What, are you serious? How is that possible.
    What’s FP going to write about?

    AG , Renzo, Joe H, Peter’s 12 negative Covid references in his daily burn. How can Covid drop by 90%.

    25 monoclonal centers opened in less than 3 weeks on the Govs initiative. God bless him. This incompetent WH offered nothing, didn’t even know about it. Belittled, demeaned, mocked but he was right. Whiz kid strikes again. Can you say Jen Psaki, Jen Psaki, Jen Psaki.

    What are the Manchurian haters going to vent hate towards. I’m sure the haters will get new Manchurian marching orders to vent new hate.

    America’s Governor the best!

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