LEESBURG — Within the last two weeks, the number of new COVID-19 infections have risen in Lake County and fallen in Sumter County, according to the Florida Department of Health.
This new data comes as omicron subvariants have caused a statewide spike in COVID deaths in the past two weeks.
According to the most recent data, Lake and Sumter counties have also seen an increase in COVID vaccinations administered.
Here’s a look at local COVID trends.
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The COVID-19 landscape in Lake, Sumter counties
Between July 22 and July 28 in Lake County, a total of 1,140 people tested positive for coronavirus, according to the FDOH.
This is an increase from two weeks ago, when 1,068 new people tested positive.
Between July 8 and July 14, Lake County’s positivity rate was 22.4%. Between July 22 and July 28, 23.9% of people who tested for the virus were positive.
Meanwhile, Sumter County saw a decrease in COVID cases. Between July 22 and July 28, 371 positive cases were recorded. Between July 8 and July 14, 410 people tested positive for the coronavirus.
Sumter’s positivity rate decreased from 24.5% to 23.4% during that time.
COVID-19 vaccines, testing
The number of COVID vaccinations administered for both Lake and Sumter counties increased in the past two weeks.
According to the FDOH, in Lake County, 66% of people aged 6 months and older are vaccinated. Between July 22 and July 28, 213 more people got vaccinated.
In Sumter County, 65% of people aged 6 months and older are vaccinated. Within the last two weeks, 66 more people got vaccinated.
Lake County ended COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Lake County on June 30.
Any resident in need of COVID-19 vaccines or testing is encouraged to contact their primary doctor’s office, local pharmacy, urgent care, or community health centers in their area. Those without a primary doctor can contact the DOH office at 352-771-5500 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to schedule an appointment.
To find additional COVID-19 vaccine locations near you, visit vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 or visit floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccinelocator.
To find a testing site near you, visit Floridahealthcovid19.gov/testing-sites. For the latest local information, visit the DOH website at lake.floridahealth.gov or follow them on Twitter at @FLHealthLake.
For general information on COVID-19 in Florida, visit www.floridahealth.gov/covid-19, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-779-6121.