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Why doctor’s say COVID-19 positivity rate decrease isn’t enough to end pandemic – Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida 2021-09-13 05:44:03 –

Tampa, Florida — Health officials say the positive rate is declining here in Florida, but that’s not enough, and many in the medical community are concerned.

ABC Action News reporter Anthony Hill delved into the latest figures on local vaccination and hospitalization rates. Moreover, what the medical community has said is that we all have to do to keep up with the other side of this pandemic and work quickly.

Health officials said last week 100,012 people in the state were infected with COVID-19. This is an average of 14,300 cases per day.

“Recently, our average daily number of cases for seven days has continued to decline, but remains somewhat high,” said Dr. Jason Salemi of USF Health.

State health officials report that the positive rate has dropped from 15.3% to 13.5% in the past week.

“It’s not really a celebration, it’s down that much, which means that if it goes down to 5%, it’s a blessing,” said Dr. Michael Teng of USF Health.

The World Health Organization is proposing a positive rate of less than 5% in two weeks so that we are truly clear and completely open as a state.

So far, about 58% of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 have been fully vaccinated in the state, but 5.3 million Floridians have not yet been fired, according to Dr. Salemi. Another concern is children. About 40% of children between the ages of 12 and 17 in the state are vaccinated, while 858,505 are unvaccinated. This is because Race continues to clear the vaccine for children under the age of 12.

According to medical experts, we can definitely confront the other side of this pandemic, but there are some things we have to do as a community to stop its spread.

  • Wear a mask indoors in a public space
  • Keep some distance between you and others
  • Frequently disinfect hands
  • Get vaccinated

“Vaccination is clearly the best thing people can do to protect themselves, but even if you start vaccination now, it will take 6 to 8 weeks to be fully immunized against the virus. “Dr. Teng said.

Last week, 2,443 people in the state died of COVID-19.

“The more vaccinated the state, the lower the hospitalization rate,” said Dr. Salemi.



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