MIAMI – In a new report, the White House Coronavirus Task Force warned 70% of the counties in Florida are displaying moderate to high levels of community spread.
Epidemiologists attribute the new silent spread to asymptomatic young people who are unknowingly exposing more vulnerable groups.
Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease expert with Florida International University, said she is worried about people who might be getting complacent.
“We are going back on another upswing,” Marty said. “There’s no doubt about it”
Wednesday was the fourth consecutive day that the Florida Department of Health reported more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases. The list included Miami-Dade County’s nearly 700 new cases and Broward County’s more than 400 new cases.
The new task force report also notes there have also been increases in hospitalizations. More than 95% of Florida hospitals reported treating patients with Covid-19. The report suggests that ensuring flu immunizations could also help to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
Marty said South Florida residents need to remember it is still important to wear face masks, hand wash frequently and practice social distancing.
“There is no question that pandemic fatigue has set in,” Marty said.
Marty said not practicing these measures during family reunions and meetings with friends is dangerous. Transmissions among loved ones are the main sources of outbreaks during the pandemic.
Marty’s request: “Please, please, please keep yourselves safe! It’s so important.”