In Florida, 60 of 67 counties are listed as high risk for COVID-19
The number of Florida hospital inpatients with COVID increased nearly 43 percent in June, as subvariants spread, according to HHS data.
The map of COVID-19 community risk levels from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the state nearly all in orange, at high risk for transmission for the disease.
As of June 30, only seven of Florida’s 67 counties were not at high risk; and they were list at medium risk. Those were Walton, Washington, Calhoun, Franklin, Hendry, Glades and Putnam.
The community level is determined by the higher of the new admissions and inpatient bed metrics, based on the current level of new cases per 100,000 population in the previous seven days.
CDC recommends use of the levels to determine the impact of COVID on communities and take action.
Florida has topped 71,000 new COVID-19 cases in each of the past five weeks, a report released Friday by the state Department of Health shows.
It has exceeded 73,000 reported cases in each of the past four weeks — including totaling 74,481 cases during the week that started June 24 and ended Thursday.
The state has seen significant increases in COVID-19 cases during the past two months as subvariants of the coronavirus have spread. For example, the Department of Health reported 26,533 cases during the week that started April 22. But the total has exceeded 60,000 cases every week since the week that started May 13. It had 71,704 cases during the week that started May 27; 74,389 cases during the week that started June 3; 74,299 cases during the week that started June 10; and 73,780 cases during the week that started June 17, according to the report.
Also, the Department of Health data showed that, as of Thursday, a reported 75,891 Florida residents had died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in 2020.
Over the period, the state's positivity rate was 19.4 percent. There were 71 deaths related to the COVID.
Total number of cases in Florida has been 6,493,977.
Meantime, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that 3,789 Florida hospital inpatients had COVID, down from 3,841 in a Thursday count.
The latest federal data also showed that 414 Florida inpatients with COVID were in intensive care units, up from 402 on Thursday. Numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have increased in recent months as subvariants of the coronavirus spread.
Information from News Service of Florida was used in this report.