Coronavirus update – May 29th

Coronavirus update – May 29th

Bottom Line: This daily update is designed to put everything in perspective with straight-forward facts. No hyperbole, no misinformation, no nonsense. Largely due to the continued spikes in new cases in Brazil and Russia, Thursday was the worst day yet for new diagnosed cases worldwide – with over 116,000 new cases diagnosed. It’s a reminder that while we continue to make progress in the United States, the threat is still worsening outside of our country. It also illustrates some of the challenges we currently face and could for the foreseeable with international travel. 

Total cases in the United States were slightly higher than the prior few days but still below the two-week trendline. With over 103,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19, it is the deadliest virus in the United States since the 1918 pandemic which killed an estimated 500,000 people.

Here’s where we stand as of now...


  • 5,920,086 – 362,360 deaths – 2,592,001 recovered


  • 1,768,461 cases –103,330 deaths – 498,725 recovered


  • 53,285 cases – 2,364 deaths

In Florida, the positive trend continued yesterday. Thursday has consistently produced the highest case count of any day of the week. While the 651 new diagnosed cases were higher than the prior two days, it’s half the total from the prior Thursday. Florida continues to outperform the country as a whole.We’re the third most populous state but just 9th in total cases and 11th in deaths. We’ve also tested more aggressively than most states, with only New York having tested more than Florida. More than half of all of Florida’s cases remain in the tri-county area with Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach having the most cases in the state in that order.

The overall positive test rate in Florida remained 5.6%- the lowest rate since testing began.That's down from the peak of 11%. As a reminder, the newest diagnosed cases are new cases obtained through community spread. This reinforces the importance of adhering to the warnings of public officials including social distancing and wearing masks in public. The average age of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in Florida is 54.

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