South Florida sees mostly encouraging COVID-19 trends amid holiday testing slowdown

With families wrapped up in the holidays, COVID-19 testing rates in South Florida have plummeted through the Christmas weekend. What data is available, however, shows mostly positive trends for the region.

The same was true around Thanksgiving, however. While cases didn’t explode in South Florida, the post-Thanksgiving period mostly reversed encouraging signs for the tri-county area due to large gatherings. With New Year’s still on the horizon, the next few weeks could see a similar pattern.

As of now, though, the positivity rate — that is, the share of tests coming back positive — has dropped week-to-week in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. That number had been steady or slightly dropping just before the Christmas holiday.

But those pre-Christmas reports also saw hospitalizations rising in all three counties. That trend is downward as well post-holiday, a good sign for hospital preparedness should the region experience any sort of post-holiday surge.

It’s unclear how travel and the focus on holiday celebrations may have affected the numbers reported the last few days. Testing is way down from Friday through Sunday, which could impact the region’s positivity rate. Hospitalizations are dropping as well though, and that reduction is likely less connected to

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