Florida leads US in Covid-19 cases as hospitalizations rise – .

Florida leads US in Covid-19 cases as hospitalizations rise – .

MIAMI — Florida has more cases of Covid-19 than any other US state, as hospitalizations in some areas are increasing at the fastest rate since the start of the pandemic.
The state accounts for one in five new infections in the United States and recorded 67,413 cases in the past week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Florida recorded 314 cases per 100,000 residents over the past week, just behind Louisiana. Florida’s weekly total of new cases more than quadrupled between July 1 and July 22, reaching its highest level since mid-January.
Epidemiologists say various factors are at play: a large number of unvaccinated people, a relaxation of preventive measures like mask wearing and social distancing, the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus and the congregation of people to l indoors during the hot summer months.
“All of these things together are a recipe for the data that we see,” said Jason Salemi, an epidemiologist at the University of South Florida. “It’s a cause for concern… the rate at which the indicators are going up. “
The number of people hospitalized in Florida has risen sharply over the past month, reaching 3,849 on July 17, the highest number since late February, according to a data dashboard created by Dr. Salemi. The patients are younger, with 53% under 60, compared to 30% at the start of the year.


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