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COVID-19 cases have been slightly decreasing on the Space Coast, according to data released by the Florida Department of Health.
From July 22 to July 28, there were 286.1 cases per 100,000 population, meaning there were 1,792 total COVID-19 cases and a 26.7% positivity rate. Two weeks ago FDOH reported 303.7 cases per 100,000 population and a 19.2% positivity rate for COVID-19.
However, there could be far more infections in the community than are tracked because at-home test kit results go unreported and not everyone who is symptomatic takes a COVID-19 test.
Because hospitalization and case rates this past week remained elevated Brevard County is still a community of high COVID-19 transmission. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculates transmission levels through a combination of hospitalizations and case rates.
There were 80 COVID-19 hospitalizations from July 21 to July 27, according to CDC data.
From July 16 to July 23, there were 17 COVID-19 related deaths in Brevard County. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 2,084 COVID-19 related deaths in Brevard County.
It’s important to note all the data is provisional and can change.
The CDC advises that in communities of high transmission, residents should mask-up indoors, vaccinate and take a COVID-19 test when feeling unwell.
Yet, only 67% of people on the Space Coast have been fully vaccinated.
According to FDOH, of the eligible population in Florida, age group vaccination rates across the state are:
- Ages 6 months- 4 years, 1.5% vaccinated.
- Ages 5-11, 24% vaccinated.
- Ages 12-19, 64% vaccinated.
- Ages 20-29, 66% vaccinated.
- Ages 30-39, 72% vaccinated.
- Ages 40-49, 80% vaccinated.
- Ages 50-59, 84% vaccinated.
- Ages 60-64, 88% vaccinated.
- Ages 65+, 94% vaccinated.
Nationwide, 71.5% of Americans ages 5 and older have been fully vaccinated. There have been 90,895,306 COVID-19 cases and 1,024,611 deaths nationwide since the start of the pandemic.
Where to get vaccinated
The Florida Department of Health is offering COVID-19 vaccines at three sites.
Viera clinic, at 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way.
- Melbourne clinic, 601 E. University Blvd.
- Titusville clinic, 611 N. Singleton Ave.
Residents also can get vaccinated at Omni Healthcare’s offices, as well as at its walk-in vaccination clinic located in Suite 303 on the third floor of 1344 S. Apollo Blvd. in Melbourne, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Vaccinations also are available from 9 a.m. to noon in Suite 2C of Omni’s 1344 S. Apollo Blvd. complex.
Amira Sweilem is the data reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Sweilem at 386-406-5648 or email@example.com.
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