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High increase in COVID-19 cases in Florida in past week, state reports shows

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A health worker loads syringes with the vaccine on the first day of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine being made available to residents at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles Thursday, March 11, 2021. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is highlighting the new the one-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine by Johnson & Johnson. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

With Florida being a destination hot spot for travelers and young people on summer break, the numbers will tell it all.

Numbers don’t lie and the increase in COVID-19 cases is definitely a huge concern for Floridians.

Florida reports 23, 697 new cases, 32 more virus-related deaths in the past week.

Florida’s weekly COVID-19 cases continued to increase, as the state’s vaccination rate remained below 60%, according to the latest report from the department of health.

The Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Weekly Situation report released on Friday showed there were 23,697 new cases for the week ending on Thursday, more than 7,600 more than the 16,031 new cases reported the previous week and more than double the weekly cases reported in late May and early June.

Another 32 virus-related deaths were reported this week bringing the state’s total to 38,157 dating back to March 2020.

South Florida’s vaccination rate is higher than the state’s, with about 73% vaccinated in Miami-Dade, 66% in Monroe and 62% in Palm Beach.

Miami-Dade’s positivity rate was 5.3% with 4,362 new cases for the week, for a total of 508,841 cases dating back to March.

Broward had a 5.5% positivity rate and 2,128 new cases, for a total of 249,434.

Monroe’s positivity rate was 9.3% with 66 new cases, while Palm Beach had a 6.9% positivity rate and 1,378 new cases.