Coronavirus in Florida – March 26th update
Bottom Line: Tuesday brought 510 new cases in Florida as the virus is now present in all 67 counties. As of this entry there are 1,977 total in-state cases. We also had three additional deaths attributed to COVID-19. There were big jumps throughout the tri-county area with greater than 100 news cases diagnosed in both Broward and Miami-Dade. Still, Florida ranks just 6th nationally in total cases, despite having the 3rd largest population – indicating that we’re faring better than most states on a relative basis. This is also noteworthy as many Democrats, including Joe Biden, have increasingly attempted to politicize the virus response in Florida. Every state ahead of Florida in cases, four of which are considerably smaller than Florida, happen to be run by Democrats - yet the same criticisms or concerns haven’t been offered up in those instances.
The range in age for positive tests in our state ranges from 2 to 96. More than half of all of Florida’s cases currently are in the tri-county area with Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach having the most cases in the state in that order. Here’s the count in South Florida right now...
- Broward: 412
- Miami-Dade: 491
- Palm Beach: 141
We continue to see a high rate of positive test results in Florida. To date, 8% of all tests for COVID-19 have come back positive. That’s down from 20% percent last week - which is improved news. Still, it remains much higher than the guidance provided by the Coronavirus Task Force of 1%-4% worldwide. This would seem to suggest many Floridians had the virus and are just being documented and not necessarily an indication of greater spread. There are 1,581 outstanding tests awaiting results, the most of any day yet, expect these numbers to continue to increase today.