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There has been a sharp decrease in coronavirus cases during the month of February.
According to a report released by the Florida Department of Health, cases in the Sunshine State decreased by nearly 60 percent last week.
Leon County’s cases also dropped by nearly 70 percent over the same period, according to the CDC’s website.
About a week and a half ago, Florida A&M University saw about a 20 percent positivity rate, but now it’s a little over 10 percent.
Tanya Tatum with FAMU Health Services said the site is still experiencing testing ranging from 600 and 1,200 people a day.
Tatum predicts they will continue to see peaks and valleys of covid-19 cases since there is still such a large unvaccinated population in the state of Florida.
She also said that although case numbers are declining, they are still quite high, especially compared to what they were during the delta variant phase of the pandemic.
“A week ago, our numbers here in the Tallahassee area, while we were showing a real significant decline,” Tatum said. “They were as high as what they were with our last spike this past fall. So, you know, kind of take it all in context.”
She said that the recent decrease in cases means we can stay calm for now, but that people should be ready to resume stricter COVID-19 precautions in the future if necessary.
Here are some Florida county stats, with some counties seeing significant dips:
▪ Miami-Dade County reported 4,691 new resident cases in the week ending Feb. 17, according to weekly report calculations. The county’s resident covid-19 case total stands at 1,166,573.
New infections fell by 81 percent, after rising by 49 percent the week before (Feb. 4-Feb. 10).
▪ Broward County reported 2,664 new resident cases in the week ending Feb. 17, according to weekly report calculations. The county’s resident case total stands at 594,046.
New infections fell by 74 percent, after rising by 32 percent the week before (Feb. 4 – Feb. 10).
▪ Palm Beach County reported 1,861 new resident cases in the week ending Feb. 17, according to weekly report calculations. The county’s resident case total stands at 361,277.
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