Polk reported 247 new cases in the latest advice from state health officials, pushing its growing total to 4,906. During the first three days of July, the county recorded 855 new cases, an average of 285 per day. Polk moved up to No. 9 on the county list for most cases.
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The Fourth of July weekend began Saturday with some sobering numbers in Sunshine State: Florida logged a record number of people who tested positive for coronavirus.
The state continued its rapid rise in coronavirus cases after the Florida Department of Health reported 1
The total number of COVID-19 cases across the country is now 190,052, which is the fourth most in the country, behind New York (420,774), California (252,252) and Texas (190,387). The figures for these states were up to Friday.
New York, which has more than 420,000 cases, underwent its flood in April and has averaged about 660 new cases per day over the past two weeks. During the same period, Florida averaged more than 6,900 new cases (97,049) and Texas averaged 5,700.
Polk reported 247 new cases in the latest advice from state health officials, pushing its growing total to 4,906. During the first three days of July, the county recorded 855 new cases, an average of 285 per day.
Over the past seven days, Polk has been reported with 1,664 cases among the county’s residents, a revealing average of nearly 240 per day. With the latest case in point, Polk Collier (4,880) passed to the 9th position of the state’s leading county for positive COVID-19 tests.
Polk has been in three figures for new cases 11 straight days and 15 of the last 16.
With a positive test rate in Saturday’s report of 14.5% (247 cases for 1,454 tests performed), Polk has been in double-digit numbers for nine straight days – including a record-high 18.8% reported Friday – and 12 of the latest 14th
Polk’s overall positive test rate now stands at 9.5%, which matches the state’s new pace after the record lows reported on Saturday. This is a significant number, as health experts cite 10% as a critical standard for serious transmission of the virus.
Florida registered an additional 18 deaths on Saturday, increasing to 3,803 including non-residents. Polk’s death toll was 105.
The state’s total number of cases has increased by 209% since the opening of phase 2 on June 5 (61,488). Bars were closed for the second time during the June 26 pandemic to try to limit the spread of the virus. Since June 5 (1,127), Polk has experienced a huge 335% increase in cases and climbed by 3,779 since the Ron DeSantis IGC strengthened the state’s resumption process.
The total number of people admitted to hospitals increased to 15,735, or 8.3% of cases. The Department of Health notes that the total number is cumulative and does not reflect the number of COVID-19 patients currently in hospital.
Polk’s hospitalization rate for COVID-19 cases was reported at 10.2% Saturday (498 hospitalizations for 4,906 cases).
The 25-34 age group continues to lead the number of cases in Polk with 953, followed by 35-44 with 881, 15-24 with 758, 45-54 with 706, 55-64 with 547, 65-74 with 381, 75-84 with 258, 5-14 with 176, 85-plus with 157 and 0-4 with 88.
The median age for cases in both Polk and the state dipped one year to 39 Saturday.
At the center of Polk’s continued rise are Lakeland and Winter Haven.
Lakeland moved up to No. 19 tie with Tallahassee among Florida cities with the highest number of positive tests at 1,569. Winter Haven returned a spot to No. 33 on the list with 1,090 cases.
More than 11.1 million people worldwide have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 526,000 have died. In the United States, there were 2,815,156 reported cases with 129,509 deaths, Johns Hopkins University reported at noon Saturday.
Joel Engelhardt with the Palm Beach Post and The Associated Press contributed to this report.