By Ryan Yousefi
With COVID-19 cases spiking all around the state, Parkland Talk continues providing updates from the Florida Department of Health.
According to the Florida Department of Health, as of December 22, there were 1,280 positive COVID-19 cases in Parkland. That’s an increase of 45 positive cases since we last updated readers on December 20.
Statewide in Florida, there have been 1,234,399 positive COVID-19 cases to date. Florida is one of only three states in the U.S. to have recorded over one million COVID-19 cases, with only California and Texas registering more.
There were 147,060 COVID-19 tests conducted in Florida on December 22, with 15,785 coming back positive. Of those positive cases, 11,054 were Floridians testing positive for the first time. As a whole, last week Florida saw the most cases they’ve had since the peak of the pandemic on July 12, when a record 15,394 were recorded.
Over the last two weeks, positive test rates have remained steady, ranging from 9.92-percent on December 7 to 10.73-percent on December 22. On December 14, Florida saw the highest positivity rate in months, with 11.97-percent of tests turning up positive.
The average age of a resident to contract COVID-19 in Broward County on December 22 was 42-years-old. For weeks, the average age of a person contracting COVID-19 in Florida has hovered at or around 40-years-old.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 20,874 deaths to date in Florida due to COVID-19 and a total of 60,800 patients hospitalized due to the virus.
Below are cases sorted by Broward County cities:
Fort Lauderdale 29,110
Pompano Beach 13,416
Coral Springs 6,733
Deerfield Beach 3,902
Coconut Creek 2,920
Pembroke Pines 2,252
North Lauderdale 2,119
Oakland Park 1,777
Cooper City 1,280
Wilton Manors 576
Lauderdale Lakes 549
Southwest Ranches 437
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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