The latest COVID-19 surge seems to already past its peak.
The Florida Department of Health reported a decline of 34.1% in new infections for Polk County during the period of Jan. 13-19, compared to two weeks earlier. The state measured the county’s positivity rate at 11.4%, down from 14.7% in the previous biweekly update.
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The positivity rate in the Jan. 6 report had been the highest for Polk County since August. The rate is based on test results reported to the Department of Health and doesn’t include presumed infections found through home testing.
The state disclosed 695 confirmed infections for Polk County in the report released late Friday afternoon.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to assess Polk County as having medium levels of COVID-19. As of Friday afternoon, the federal agency labeled 12 of Florida’s 67 counties with high community levels, with 13 rated as low.
The CDC’s COVID Tracker website reported 12 COVID-related deaths for Polk County in the seven-day period ending Wednesday. Deaths are a lagging indicator, and there can be long delays in having deaths officially recorded.
The Florida Department of Health reported 21,949 new COVID cases statewide, a decrease of 30.6% from two weeks earlier. The statewide positivity rate stood at 13.7%, down from 17.3% two weeks earlier.
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The state agency recorded 751 COVID-related deaths among Floridians, for a cumulative death toll of 84,927 since 2020. The department does not report deaths by county of residence.
Hospitals in Polk County admitted an estimated 95 patients with confirmed infections in the week ending Tuesday, according to the CDC, a slight increase over the previous seven-day period.
Patients with COVID occupied 5.1% of staffed beds and 3.5% of beds in intensive-care units, the CDC reported.
Among Polk County residents age 5 and older, 63% have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, according to the Department of Health’s update. The CDC site identified 62.8% of Polk residents as having completed a primary series of vaccinations. Only 8.7% had received an updated, bivalent booster dose.