FLORIDA COVID-19 FATALITIES
Florida reported the highest number of fatalities last week with 1,729 new fatalities last week. As you can see below, that exceeds the peaks from the summer of 2020 and earlier this year.
FLORIDA COVID-19 CASES
The goods news is that we seem to have reached a peak in new cases statewide with the number of new COVID-19 cases sliding last week for the first time since the delta variant surge began in late July.
MIAMI-DADE COVID-19 CASES
Locally, Miami-Dade County recorded its second week of decline in new cases of COVID-19. While Miami-Dade definitely experienced a surge, it did not exceed what we saw in the prior two waves. Let’s hope COVID-19 cases continue to drop in Miami-Dade County.
COVID-19 CASES BY AGE
KIDS AND COVID
Across the State of Florida, COVID-19 spread the most among children under 16 with 39,195 new reported cases. Nearly 26% of all new cases last week were among children under 16. One Florida child died last week from COVID-19. Despite the increase in cases among children, children have been proven to have the strongest response against COVID-19 with a Case Fatality Rate of just 0.0031%.
SENIORS AND COVID
It bothers me to see that nearly 16,000 seniors 65 and older tested positive for COVID-19 last week. That’s 10.5% of all the new cases in the State of Florida. Worse yet, we lost 1,079 seniors from COVID-19 last week or 62% of all Florida COVID-19 fatalities. Folks, if you are 65 and older, you need to do everything you can to prevent catching COVID. Get vaccinated if you haven’t already. And even if you’re vaccinated, we suggest you continue to wear a mask if you’re 65 and older. It’s clear that those 65 and older are the most vulnerable to COVID. Also, if you’re caring for a senior, you should also get vaccinated if you haven’t already. And please, wear a mask around seniors. We need to do everything we can to protect this extremely vulnerable population. The Case Fatality Rate for seniors stands at 8.4% in Florida.
50 – 59 YEARS OLD AND COVID
Folks in their 50s still need to be careful. Yes. You’re not as vulnerable as those over 65, but we lost 241 Floridians last week from COVID-19 in their 50s last week. That’s 14% of all of last week’s fatalities. This age group had over 17,000 new reported cases of COVID-19 last week or 11% of all the new cases statewide.
The Case Fatality Rate for Floridians 50 – 59 stands at 0.79%.
40 – 49 YEARS OLD AND COVID
Rapper Pitbull says 40 is the new 30, but not when it comes to COVID-19. Florida lost 149 people in their 40s last week to COVID-19 compared to just 55 people in their 30s. …Oye…get your vaccine. Dale!
Floridians in their 40s represented 13% of new cases and 8.6% of all fatalities last week. The Case Fatality Rate for Floridians 40 – 49 stands at 0.31%.
30 – 39 YEARS OLD AND COVID
Floridians in their 30s represented nearly 16% of all new cases last week with 24,030 new cases. There were 55 fatalities last week among Floridians in their 30s or 3% of Florida fatalities last week. The Case Fatality Rate for Floridians 30 – 39 stands at 0.1%.
16 – 29 YEARS OLD AND COVID
Floridians between 16 – 29 years old represented nearly 19% of new cases last week with 28,684 reported cases. There were 37 Floridians aged 16 – 29 who succumbed to COVID-19 last week or 2% of all Florida COVID-19 fatalities. The Case Fatality Rate for Floridians 16 – 29 stands at 0.03%.
Folks, the vaccine has been proven safe and effective. You don’t want to beg for the vaccine once it’s too late on a hospital death bed. Now’s the time to get the vaccine and keep yourself and those around you safe.
Yes, there are breakthrough cases where people with the vaccine have gotten COVID-19, but you are dramatically less likely to end up in a hospital or die from COVID-19. Nearly all the fatalities in Florida are among the unvaccinated.
Don’t take my word for it. Talk to your doctor and find out if a vaccine is right for you and which vaccine makes the most sense for your health.
Note: The Florida Department of Health will be vaccinated on Tuesday, August 31st at the Miami Springs Pool Party Room.