TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The majority of Florida counties were categorized below the “low” COVID-19 community levels, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Polk, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Sarasota, and DeSoto counties all fell below the “low” level. A total of 10 counties fell below the “medium” level, while none fell below the “high” level.
According to the CDC’s website, the “low” is described as being less than 10 new COVID-19 admissions 100,000 inhabitants (7 days in total), and less than 10% of manned beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (7-day average).
Earlier this month, more than 90% of the U.S. population was in a low or medium COVID-19 community level where public face masking is no longer recommended indoors.
In its latest COVID-19 report, Florida reported nearly 10,000 new COVID-19 cases over a one-week period. The Florida Department of Health reported a total of 5,824,728 cases of COVID-19 in Florida since the pandemic began.