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  • Florida recorded more than 21,000 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.
  • This is the highest volume during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The CDC recently reimplemented mask guidelines.

New numbers underscoring the severity of the delta variant outbreak of COVID-19 cases reveal that Florida broke a record on Saturday, reporting 21,683 new cases.

This is the highest single-day count reported over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number was confirmed by data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

More recent data from the Florida Department of Health shows broad increases in new COVID-19 cases, with indicators like case positivity rising from data from the previous week.

New cases in Florida for the week of July 23 to July 30 rose by 50.9 percent from the previous week. Case positivity rates are highest among children and young adults in the age demographics between 12 and 19 and 20 to 29. Both these groups have a roughly 22 percent positivity rate.


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This comes as vaccination rates are edging slightly higher based on weekly July data, showing overall increases in vaccines administered and the total number of people vaccinated.

New infections rising at rapid rates harken to previous outbreaks seen by both Florida and the U.S. as a whole in the summer of 2020, as well as the winter of 2020 and into 2021.

Other states seeing comparably high rates of new infections include neighboring Louisiana, Missouri and Arkansas.

Deaths are rising in Florida as well, per the same CDC data, with the weekly average at 58 deaths.  

As every state in the country reports surges in new infections, the CDC recommends new mask guidance asking all individuals — vaccinated or not — to wear masks in select public indoor spaces, especially in areas of high virus transmission.

Published on Aug 02, 2021