About our featured graphic
Many things affect case counts. Cumulative case counts always go up by nature but the rate they go up reflects spread. Population size is also a factor. This graphic accommodates for population size by plotting the cumulative case count per 1000 people in the zipcode. It also shows the inflection points during the month of June that several zipcode case counts made a steep increase over what they had been.
Hospital/ICU bed availability
Last Updated 04:00pm July 3 2020
The BocaFirst COVID tracker data collection effort has included weekly bed utilization since April. As of June 6, we expanded it to daily collection of Palm Beach County hospital utilization statistics so we could show trends. Below are the trends for the 6 hospitals in PBC within 20 miles of Boca Raton.
NOTE: The total number of beds in a hospital is not fixed. The graphics show how hospitals increase beds with additional staff as needed by the situation. Obvious examples of this can be seen at Bethesda West and Boca West who added ICU beds without lowering normal beds.
Last Updated 04:00am July 3 2020
Data presented without commentary or agenda. Using data culled from Florida Department of Health, Agency for Healthcare Administration in State of Florida and worldometers.info, we’ve created graphics to visualize what’s going on locally. See each graphic for the specific sources used. Data in these reports is provisional and subject to change. We update our data daily and publish on Monday, Wednesday, Friday with a “Week in Review/Big Picture” publication late Sunday. Use these links to skip over Weekday stats to our once a week on the weekend graphics: Gating Criteria Stats, Big Picture Stats and Updated Weekly Stats.
Boca Stats (Updated M, W, F)
Palm Beach County and Florida Stats (Updated M, W, F)
Big Picture Stats (updated Weekly)
Weekly Graphics (updated Weekly)
The following graphic shows the historical cumulative counts of new cases in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County and Florida. By themselves, cumulative counts are not meaningful without reflecting the rate of change. Below are the raw cumulative numbers in a 2D-column graphic and the calculated week to week percentage increase. Those percentages are then plotted in their own graph to portray trending.
Open Up America Again Gating Criteria (updated Weekly)
Series of graphics tracking Florida against the Open Up America Again gating criteria. The Federal Guidelines for a state to reopen dictate “Gating Criteria” that must first be met by the state. For a complete explanation of the criteria and guidelines, see our article “Does Florida meet the criteria to open up?”. The graphics below use data collected from the CDC and state FDOH to show how Florida is doing against the gating criteria. A synopsis of criteria is specified in a dark blue rectangle where possible.
ABOUT THE CASE DATA IN OUR GRAPHICS: Case data is affected by how much testing is done but hospitalizations and deaths reflect actual cases of illness. One of the following graphics is a composite of 3 pie charts designed to give a perspective on the number of cases in the county vs the population, the number of hospitalizations vs the number of cases and the number of deaths vs the hospitalizations. Also, case count totals may be the result of hot spot testing and not accurate in terms of actual number of virus cases in a larger area such as a county or city with a zipcode containing a hotspot. Lastly, zipcodes with hospitals may have counts of patients whose residence is another zipcode but the hospital zipcode was used by mistake in the report.
For more information
The Florida Department of Health has a web page that lets you explore current data in various ways. It’s updated twice a day. Click the screen shot below to go there and select the “Cases by Zipcode” tab along the bottom.