COVID-19 Cases are spiking again in Miami-Dade County, but the fatality rate has lowered as the number of deaths in Miami-Dade County drop to new lows.As you can see in the chart above, we had nearly 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 over the last week. That’s the highest number of new cases in Miami-Dade County since mid August.
However, hospitalizations reported by the Florida Department of Health have remained stable with just 85 new Hospitalizations over the last 7 days in Miami-Dade County. As you can see in the chart below, we had a spike in August when weekly hospitalizations almost reached 700 per week. You’ll notice new weekly hospitalizations have remained under 100 in October and so far in November.
Our favorite number is the reduction in fatalities in Miami-Dade County with just 27 souls lost last week due to COVID-19. We don’t want to lose anyone, but 27 fatalities over the last 7 days is far better than the nearly 300 people who died in a single week in late July. The fatality rate in Miami-Dade County stands at 1.8%. That’s a 98.2% survival rate.
Our zip code had an additional 119 cases of the Coronavirus over the last 7 days according to the Florida Department of Health. That’s the highest number of cases since August. We estimate Miami Springs had an additional 65 cases over the last week. We estimate Miami Springs has had over 1,200 cases of the Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.
The State of Florida saw a big increase in the number of new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) with nearly 50,000 new cases over the last 7 days. That’s the biggest increase in a 7 day period since early August.
Fortunately, the number of fatalities from COVID-19 actually dropped over the last 7 days in the State of Florida to just 207 souls lost. That’s 207 too many, but less than half the number of fatalities reported during the prior week. Statewide, the fatality rate stands at 2.0%. That’s a 98% survival rate.
No one wants to catch COVID-19. Just like nobody wants to catch the flu. But we are clearly seeing the expected increase in cases that came with the return of in person learning and sports for our youth. Obviously, kids getting COVID-19 will show an increase in cases, while not increasing the number of fatalities. Of course, the obvious problem is that kids don’t just spread it to other kids. They will also spread it to adult family members.
We don’t know if the fatalities will stay relatively low, or if they will start to increase again. But doctors, hospitals, and scientists have drastically improved the protocols and therapeutics they can provide to COVID-19 positive patients. This too helps to reduce the number of fatalities and helps to lower the fatality rate.
At the end of the day, we keep the consistent message. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. Wear a mask when you are close to others. And most importantly, protect the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions that make them more susceptible to suffering from the Coronavirus.
Stay safe. It appears a vaccine may be around the corner.