The United States has reported more than 49.9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of December 16. There have been more than 794,000 reported deaths from causes related to COVID-19 – the highest death toll of any country.
The extent of the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to vary widely from state to state and city to city. Even though the number of new daily cases is flattening or even decreasing in some parts of the country, it is increasing at an increasing rate in others.
Nationally, the number of new cases is increasing at a constant rate. There were an average of 35.6 new cases of coronavirus per day per 100,000 Americans in the week ending December 16, essentially unchanged from the previous week, when there was an average of 33.2 new cases of coronavirus per day per 100,000 people.
In Florida, there were an average of 9.1 new cases of coronavirus per day per 100,000 population in the week ending December 16 – the third smallest of the 50 states. The most recent case growth in Florida is essentially unchanged from the previous week, when there was an average of 7.9 new cases per day per 100,000 population.
Metropolitan areas with a high degree of mobility and a large population may be particularly vulnerable to epidemics. While professionals in science and medicine are still studying how exactly the virus spreads, experts agree that outbreaks are more likely to occur in groups where large numbers of people are in close contact with each other on a regular basis. others. Cities with high concentrations of dense spaces such as colleges, correctional facilities, and nursing homes are particularly at risk.
In the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach metropolitan area, there were an average of 9.3 new cases of coronavirus per day per 100,000 population in the week ending December 16 – the fastest growing case from all Florida cities. The metropolitan area’s most recent case growth rate is virtually unchanged from the previous week, when there were an average of 11.8 new cases per day per 100,000 population.
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, the city with the second fastest growing COVID-19, reported an average of 8.2 new daily cases per 100,000 residents.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach metropolitan area has reported a cumulative total of 1,288,696 confirmed cases, or 21,158.6 per 100,000 population. For comparison, there are currently 17,340.2 cases per 100,000 Florida residents and 15,221.2 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.
In order to slow the spread, cities have ordered thousands of consumer-oriented businesses to shut down. These measures have resulted in widespread job losses and record unemployment. In Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, unemployment peaked at 13.8% in April 2020. In May 2021, the unemployment rate was 6.1%.
To determine which metropolitan area in each state has the fastest growing COVID-19, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metropolitan areas based on the average number of new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over the seven days ending December 16. Data were aggregated from the county level to the metropolitan area level using US Census Bureau boundary definitions. The demographics used to adjust the case and death totals are from the 2019 American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.
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