Updated each Sunday. This is our “Big Picture” look at COVID-19 ” across South Florida, the state and country. For more information on the current COVID-19 stats for Boca Raton and Palm Beach County, see our BocaFirst COVID-19 Tracker. For information about hospital bed availability in Boca area hospitals and Palm Beach County, see our BocaFirst Hospital Bed Tracker which is published daily by 5pm.
Big Picture Stats (updated Weekly)
Last Updated at 10am on Aug 2.
With the recent rise in cases, some have thought Florida to be like New York. Case counts alone don’t tell the the story. This graphic plots the case and Death counts normalized for population size. Each state is an area chart with one placed in front of the other (as opposed to stacked on top of each other). Florida is the smallest area in front, then Connecticut, then New Jersey and New York (in the rear).
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. The percent positive, hospitalization and death rates reflect actual cases of illness in a population. 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.