Florida reaches 7-day COVID-19 positivity rate below 5% for first time in months

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Florida coronavirus cases are down 84% since the last week of August, and the state’s positivity rate is now at a point that health officials have been striving for.

In Orange County, Mayor Jerry Demings said once the positivity rate is under 5% for a substantial period of time, he will end the state of emergency the county has been under since July 28.

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In Florida, all coronavirus metrics are going down and cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all decreasing.

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For the first time in three months, Florida’s seven-day coronavirus positivity rate is below 5%.

“We are doing a good job in the state of pushing the delta variant out,” data scientist Dr. Eric Solomon said. “The positivity rates are pretty even across all counties and they’re all dropping.”

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Health officials say a positivity rate below 5% for an extended period of time shows control of the virus. Demings said he wants to see the county below 5% for 14 days.

So how did we get here, and what led to the decrease incase count and positivity rate?

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“There’s been a lot of vaccinations that have been performed, and a lot of people have contracted the virus,” Solomon said. “You see less because there’s less individuals available for the virus to infect.”

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.