In the midst of the vaccination campaign that gives priority to people 65 years of age and older, Florida (USA) added 8,198 new cases of covid-19 and almost a hundred deaths, while the rate of daily positivity has skyrocketed above 10%.
While waiting for the return from vacation of tens of thousands of travelers, the southern state is experiencing a rebound in infections only comparable to that of last July, when the daily amounts were measured in the order of 10,000 affected.
This Monday, the most recent positivity rate reported by the state Department of Health rose to 11.8%, from the 72,857 tests performed on Sunday.
Totals since March are now 1,280,177 cases and 21,613 deaths, counting non-Florida residents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal entity, recommended that the next priority group for vaccination be those 75 years of age and older, along with essential workers.
However, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis last week issued an executive order expanding this recommendation by giving priority to people 65 years of age and older.
« My best estimate is that we will begin to see significant numbers of people 65 and older vaccinated from mid to late January, » Chirag Patel, assistant medical director at UF Health Jacksonville, told NBC Channel 12 on Monday.
Florida is the third most affected by covid-19
Patel, indicated that there are about four million people in Florida who are 65 years of age or older and estimates that there are between 200,000 and 300,000 doses of vaccines currently available in the state, so, he stressed, « clearly the demand is exceeding the offer at this time ”.
DeSantis, who estimated at 4.4 million people over 65 years of age who reside in Florida, said that, until it is extended to the entire community, « the vaccine is aimed at those who are most at risk, the adult population » , and assured that with the vaccine they will begin to see « the light at the end of the tunnel. »
According to DeSantis, another 750,000 doses of vaccine will be received by the end of this month and between 1.5 and 2 million in January.
So far, 118,764 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine statewide, according to a new University of South Florida (USF) website that offers vaccination data for all 67 counties.
Florida is the third state in the country with the highest number of cases, only behind California and Texas, and the fourth in deaths, after New York and the other two mentioned, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.
Miami-Dade, the most populous county in Florida, remains the epicenter of the disease, with 290,363 cases recorded so far and 4,155 deaths. This Monday he added 2,057 confirmed cases and five deaths to his account.
The United States this Sunday reached 19,107,675 confirmed cases and 333,069 deaths from covid-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.