15 FL Counties In Red Zone: White House Coronavirus Task Force – Patch.com

5December 2020

FLORIDA– Fifteen Florida counties remain in the red zone when it concerns the intensity of the COVID-19 break out, the White House Coronavirus Task Force said in a recent report. Red zones have more than 100 new cases per 100,000 homeowners and a diagnostic test positivity result of above 10 percent.

The reports, while not made public by the task force, have been acquired by Naseem Miller of the Orlando Sentinel and published on The Center for Public Integrity site. The most recent report offered is dated Nov. 22.

Florida had 246 new cases per 100,000 population, compared to a national average of 356 per 100,000 in late November.

Florida is in the orange zone for test positivity, suggesting a rate in between 8.0 percent and 10.0 percent. The report said the state has seen week over week increasing hospitalizations. “Florida
must increase its mitigation as hospitalizations increase and (long-lasting care centers) are again under full threat,” the report said.

3 counties had the highest variety of new cases over the last 3 weeks: Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County. These counties represent 38.5 percent of new cases in Florida.

Eighty-five percent of all counties in Florida have high or moderate levels of neighborhood transmission (yellow, orange, or red zones), with 22 percent having high levels of neighborhood transmission (red zone).

In general, Florida is classified at a loss zone for COVID-19 cases with and shows indications of a continued viral rise, the report said. Its red zone status of 101 or more new cases per 100,000 population, with the 37th highest rate in the country that week. Florida is in the yellow zone for test positivity, suggesting a rate in between 5.0 percent and 7.9 percent, with the 42nd highest rate in the country.

As a result of the speeding up break out, the report offers numerous suggestions to assist slow the pandemic’s anticipated post- Thanksgiving rise:

  • Expanded, tactical usage of point-of-care antigen tests with immediate outcomes should be used among all individuals independent of signs in orange and red counties in Florida.
  • If you are over 65 or have substantial health conditions, you should not get in any indoor public spaces where anybody is unmasked due to the immediate threat to your health; you should have groceries and medications provided. If you are under 40, you require to presume you ended up being contaminated throughout the Thanksgiving period if you gathered beyond your immediate household. You must isolate far from anybody at increased threat for extreme disease and get tested right away.
  • It is vital to prepare for and limit a post-Thanksgiving revival. Enhanced public observance of social distancing steps is urgently required to limit overrunning health center capability and preventable deaths.
  • Limiting travel throughout the next numerous weeks is an extra essential mitigation measure.
  • Make sure indoor masking around vulnerable family members throughout any events due to substantial amount of infection circulating and the high rate of asymptomatic and undiagnosed infections among household and neighborhood members.
  • Public spaces where masking is not possible must have a significant decrease in capability or close.
  • Make sure increased frequency of long-lasting care center testing and quick application of vaccination into LTCF as vaccine appears.
  • There are early indications of decreased N95, glove, and dress supply in specific hospitals’ reporting. Contact the local FEMA workplace for support if this supply issue is confirmed.
  • Make sure all universities returning in the winter move to obligatory weekly testing of all on and off school students. Planning for that must begin now.

7 metro regions at a loss zone are: Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Homosassa Springs, Sebring-Avon Park, Key West, Arcadia and Clewiston.

Fifteen counties remain in the red zone: Miami-Dade, Broward, Okaloosa, Citrus, Santa Rosa, Walton, Highlands, Monroe, Hernando, DeSoto, Washington and Hendry.

The current White House Coronavirus Task Force report for Florida comes as cases continue to climb up throughout the state.

Florida on Saturday confirmed 1,058,074 total cases of COVID-19, a boost of 8,229 cases among homeowners. Another 146 confirmed deaths were reported on Dec. 1st and 2nd, the highest two-day total given that June.

Up until now, a total of Resident Hospitalizations

An overall of 56,457 Florida homeowners have been hospitalized by the breathing disease, and 19,177 Floridians have passed away. One death was recorded Saturday on the state’s coronavirus database; Sunday numbers had not been published since 6 p.m.

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Spikes in new cases and tests come a little more than a week after Thanksgiving. Officials have advised individuals who gathered or traveled in large groups for the holiday to get tested for the infection.

“If your household traveled, you need to presume that you are exposed and you ended up being contaminated and you really require to get tested in the next week,” Dr. Deborah Birx, organizer of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said on the CBS show “Face the Nation” last week.

“You require to avoid anybody in your household with co-morbidities” or those over age 65, Birx said to those who may have been exposed, as older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions are at biggest threat of problems from the infection.

The coronavirus primarily spreads from person-to-person contact, and the Centers for Illness Control and Avoidance suggests preventing getting the infection by putting 6 feet of distance in between one another to reduce the probability of its transmission in addition to frequent hand-washing, staying at home when sick and using a face covering when around other individuals.

With reporting by Kara Seymour

Source: patch.com

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