Bay County sees new cases increase a week before Thanksgiving
Bay County saw an increase in new COVID-19 cases last week for the first time in about three months – the week before many residents plan to travel for the Thanksgiving vacation.
According to the latest statistics, the county saw a 12.2% increase in new COVID-19 cases for the week ending Sunday. While that represents a relatively low total of 46 cases, up from 41 the week before, this is the first time the county has reported an increase in infections since August. It’s also an untimely change, as many residents have prepared to travel for Thanksgiving.
This summer, the county and Florida saw a sharp increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19. Before the peak ended in August, the county reported 1,132 new cases in a single week.
Throughout the pandemic, the county has reported a total of 32,742 cases.
Statistics from the Florida Department of Health show that 52% of the county’s residents have been fully immunized since March 2020.
Are COVID cases on the decline in Florida?
Meanwhile, Florida has reported a continued decline in new cases.
Florida reported 9,891 new cases of the coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, down 4% from the previous week. Then, 10,302 new cases of viruses that cause COVID-19 were reported.
Florida was ranked 50th among the states with the fastest spreading coronavirus per person, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. In the past week, coronavirus cases in the United States increased 15.5% from the previous week, with 646,627 cases reported. With 6.45% of the nation’s population, Florida recorded 1.53% of the nation’s cases over the past week. Across the country, 39 states had more cases last week than the week before.
Gulf County has reported one case in the past week. A week earlier he had reported a case. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 3,002 cases.
Washington County reported two cases last week. A week earlier, he had reported three cases. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 4,579 cases.
Florida does not directly publish county-level death data.
Across Florida, cases fell in 36 counties, with the best declines in Miami-Dade County, with 1,726 cases from 1,961 a week earlier; in Orange County, with 383 out of 518 cases; and in Lee County, with 258 out of 379 cases.
Florida ranked 17th among states in terms of the proportion of people who received at least one injection, with 70.8% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 68.8%, according to a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most widely used in the United States, require two doses given a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Thursday, Florida said it administered an additional 749,152 doses of the vaccine, including 202,999 first doses. During the previous week, the state administered 430,840 doses of the vaccine, including 99,491 first doses. In total, Florida reported administering 30,018,517 total doses.
In Florida, the worst weekly epidemics per person were in Madison County with 162 cases per 100,000 per week; Monroe County with 82; and Hillsborough County with 79. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission start at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Miami-Dade County added the most new cases overall, with 1,726 cases; Hillsborough County, with 1,158 cases; and Broward County, with 940. The number of weekly cases increased in 27 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were in Hillsborough, Indian River and Palm Beach counties.
In Florida, 383 people were reported dead from COVID-19 during the week ending Sunday. During the previous week, 364 people had been declared dead.
A total of 3,721,503 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and 61,081 people have died of the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, 47,730,591 people have tested positive and 771,118 people have died.