South Florida is beginning to see a slowdown in the post-holiday COVID-19 surge. But hospitalizations and deaths in Miami-Dade County have seen significant week-to-week increases.
From Dec. 21-27, the state’s most populous county saw an average of 24 newly-reported hospitalizations per day and 8 newly-reported deaths per day.
The next week, those numbers increased. From Dec. 28-Jan. 3, Miami-Dade had an average of 28 newly-reported hospitalizations per day and 14 newly-reported deaths per day.
During the most most recent week, those metrics spiked even higher. Miami-Dade has seen an average of 44 newly-reported hospitalizations per day and 26 newly-reported deaths per day from Jan. 4-10.
The share of tests coming back positive in Miami-Dade County has dropped week-to-week, indicating a slowdown in the virus’s spread. But deaths and hospitalizations are lagging indicators, meaning those sickened during the holidays may just be seeking hospital care.
Miami-Dade County is experiencing those trends as the state shut down one of the larger testing and vaccination centers Monday, at Hard Rock Stadium, due to Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship game.
In the remainder of the tri-county area — Broward and Palm Beach counties — the case positivity