ORLANDO, Fla. – The U.S. is seeing low rates of new COVID-19 cases that have not been since since June of last year, according to the Associated Press.
The seven-day average for new cases dropped below 30,000 this week across the country. The director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said cases have not been this low since June 18, 2020.
Florida state health data has been showing a positivity rate below 5% for more than 10 days, a promising sign as more people are vaccinated. With more vaccinations statewide and nationwide, the CDC said last week fully vaccinated Americans would no longer need to get tested for the virus.
According to the Associated Press, those who are fully vaccinated and show no symptoms will not have to get tested even if they were exposed to someone who has tested positive, though health specialists say the CDC’s update on testing and masks have been received as COVID-19 being no longer a threat.
The FEMA-backed site at Valencia College’s west campus is winding down its operations. The site will permanently close Tuesday. This site does not require appointments and since it has opened for operation, the site has administered more than 200,000 doses to the community.
Operations at the Orange County Convention Center wrapped up operations Friday, ending with 280,541 vaccinations administered at the site since Dec. 26. The convention center offered doses throughout Friday and first doses to those 12 to 15 years old. The county’s website says those who receive first doses at the OCCC will be able to receive the second dose at another location.
Starting tomorrow, Puerto Rico will no longer require proof of a negative COVID-19 test for full vaccinated travelers on domestic flights. According to Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s destination marketing organization, fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed to show their vaccination card along with their ID. In addition to the relaxed testing requirements, fully vaccinated people will be allowed to go maskless at parks and beaches.
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Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:
Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on May 23.
The Florida Department of Health reported 2,054 new cases on Sunday, bringing the state’s overall total to 2,310,335 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1, 2020.
Florida reported 13 new virus-related deaths Sunday, bringing the death toll to 37,207. This number included the 733 non-residents who died in Florida.
As of Sunday afternoon, there were currently 2,099 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.
Since March 2020, 94,123 people have been hospitalized in Florida after complications from COVID-19. That number includes the 43 new patients who have been recently hospitalized due to the virus, according to the health department’s daily report released on Sunday.
The percent of positive results was 3.91% Saturday out of 52,496 tests. The numbers reported daily by the state reflect test results from the day prior. Health officials say the rate should remain between 5% and 10% to prove a community has a hold of the virus and is curbing infections.
The positivity rate has remained below 5% for over 10 days in Florida.
The Florida Department of Health began releasing a daily report in December 2020 on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
FDOH reports 7,965,477 people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These individuals either received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or completed a two-shot series.
As of Sunday, 10,005,987 people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Below is the Central Florida region breakdown of new cases, deaths and hospitalizations for Sunday.
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