PALM BEACH COUNTY, Florida – For the first time in several months, the level of spread of coronavirus in southern Florida is classified as “high” with COVID-19 cases and increasing hospitalizations.
An infectious disease specialist WPTV spoke with on Monday said he has been flooded and cases, especially within the last two weeks, are a bit troublesome.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 positivity in Palm Beach County is more than 17%, a level we have not seen in about three months.
Doctors said that number may not be accurate as people take home tests and do not always report a positive reading.
Dr. Olayemi Osiyemi said on Monday that he has also seen a recent increase in the number of cases of influenza since the masks went off. That, along with new variants, he said leads to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
But the good news is that the deaths remain down and that the symptoms are not very severe, usually mild, but Osiyemi expects the increase in cases to continue.
“You’re going to see more and more,” Osiyemi said. “You have Memorial Day on the way. You have the weekend of July 4th on the way. So you’ll get to see more and more cases as people meet.”
Osiyemi said another positive is that Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster for children ages 5 to 11 has been recommended by the CDC.
Osiyemi said getting few cases under control in children will help stop the spread to adults.