Current Covid-19 cases among Florida long-term care residents jumped to 1,868, the most since the pandemic began.
That’s a one-day increase of 76 from a day earlier, according to a report released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Health. The numbers are up by 293 since Friday, when the state last published them. They include residents of assisted-living centers and nursing homes, who are among the most at risk of dying from the infection.
The Covid-19 positive residents accounted for 1.3% of the total long-term care population. Positive tests among staff rose by 134 in the past day to 3,090, also a record.
Indeed, since the pandemic began, the state has drastically expanded testing at long-term care facilities. But the uptick in the numbers is very recent and it wasn’t immediately clear how much testing was a factor.
Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease specialist, said he’s “quite concerned” about rising cases in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California.
Florida reported 152,434 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, up 4.2% from a day earlier. Seen on a rolling seven-day basis, Florida’s new cases reached 48,928, the highest ever and about 10 times the rate when Florida started reopening its economy on May 4.
(Updates with graphic, Fauci remarks.)
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