Okeechobee County has highest COVID-19 new positivity rate in Florida

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OKEECHOBEE – Okeechobee County continues to have the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate in the big lake area and last week had the highest COVID-19 new positivity rate in the state.

According to the Florida Department of Health report released Oct. 1, while Florida has 71% of those over age 12 vaccinated with at least one dose, most of the counties around the lake lag behind the state. Statewide the new positivity rate is 6.5%.

• Glades County has 51% of adults over age 12 vaccinated. For the seven day period ending Sept. 30, Glades County had five new covid cases and a new positivity rate of 7.1%.

• Hendry County has 57% vaccinated. For the seven day period ending Sept. 30, Hendry county had 41 new covid cases. The county has a 5.5% new positivity rate.

• Martin County has 68% vaccinated. For the seven day period ending Sept. 30, the county had 223 new covid cases and new positivity rate of 8.1%.

• Okeechobee County has 49% vaccinated. For the seven day period ending Sept. 30, the county had 120 new covid cases and a new positivity rate of 16.7%.

• Palm Beach County has 74% vaccinated. For the seven day period ending Sept. 30, the county had 2,416 new covid cases and a new positivity rate of 6.5%.

Statewide, as of Sept.30, Florida had 55,299 COVID-19 deaths, adding 1,719 deaths to the state total last week. Unvaccinated person over the age of 65 continue to be at highest risk for dying from COVID-19, but more younger people have become seriously ill from the delta variant.

To date, Florida deaths by age, as of Sept. 30:

• Under age 16: 24 (+2 in the past week);

• Ages 16-29: 377 (+17 in the past week;

• Ages 30-39: 947 (+66 in the past week):

• Ages 40-49: 2,188 (+166 in the past week);

• Ages 50-59: 5,277 (+267 in the past week);

• Ages 60-64: 4,436 (+184 in the past week);

• Ages 65+: 41,929 (+1,063 in the past week).

FDOH continues to encourage all eligible Floridians to be vaccinated, as vaccination is the most effective way to avoid hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Vaccines are free and available at most pharmacies as well as from FDOH offices and mobile clinics. To find a vaccination side near you, go online to https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/

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