According to the Centers for the Disease Control, those who are fully vaccinated can safely go out in public without a mask, but the COVID-19 pandemic is not over for those who are not yet vaccinated.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 cases are falling in areas with higher rates of COVID-19 vaccinations, and rising in areas with lower vaccination rates.
Numbers for Florida are difficult to track. On June 4, 2021, The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) announced it will no longer be updating the dashboard that previously provided daily updates on the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations by county. Instead, FDOH will release weekly summaries.
For June 4-10, there were 40 new COVID-19 deaths in Florida. The FDOH summary does not list where the deaths were. Since the pandemic began 37,265 Floridians have died related to the virus. FDOH no longer provides information about hospitalizations related to COVID-19.
Statewide, 55% of the population over age 12 has been vaccinated. Statewide, new case positivity for June 4-10 was 3.4%.
While vaccines are free and available through most pharmacies, vaccination rates in some areas are well below the national and state averages.
In South Central Florida, for the week of June 4-10:
• Collier County: 62% of those over age 12 are vaccinated; 3.9% new case positivity;
• Glades County: 40% of those over age 12 vaccinated; 8.2% new positivity rate;
• Hendry County: 40% of those over age 12 vaccinated; 5.5% new positivity rate;
• Highlands County: 50% of those over age 12 vaccinated; 2.6% new positivity rate;
• Martin County: 57% of persons over age 12 vaccinated; 3.7% new positivity rate;
• Okeechobee County: 36% of persons over age 12 vaccinated; 3.7% new positivity rate;
• Palm Beach County: 59% of persons over age 12 vaccinated; 5.2% new case positivity rate.
Florida has more than 1,000 vaccine distribution sites for eligible residents. Vaccines are free at all locations. To find COVID-19 testing or vaccination sites, go online to floridahealthcovid19.gov.