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Florida COVID cases, percent positivity continues to plummet

The state reported 12,880 new COVID-19 cases between Oct. 22 and Oct. 28.
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2021, file photo a healthcare worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. President Joe Biden’s most aggressive move yet to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is almost ready to see the light of day. The government is close to publishing the details of a new vaccination-or-testing rule covering more than 80 million Americans at companies with 100 or more workers. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

FLORIDA, USA — Florida continues to see COVID-19 cases plummet across the state, reporting numbers not seen since prior to its most recent summer surge. 

On Friday, Florida's Department of Health reported 12,880 new COVID-19 cases between Oct. 22 and Oct. 28. That's the lowest number of reported cases over a week since June 18.

The same improvement can be seen in the state's percent positivity for new cases. Florida reported that its percent positivity over the past week was 3 percent. That's the lowest percent positivity the state has seen since it began releasing weekly reports in June.

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The primary difference between the past summer's worsening pandemic and the last is the availability of vaccines, as well as the more infectious version of COVID-19, the delta variant, which took hold as the primary variant.

Health experts referred to the wave of surging cases and hospitalizations as a pandemic of the unvaccinated. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, which helps to limit the spread of the virus and reduces hospitalizations and deaths.

Data from the CDC shows Florida had a spike in the number of people who received a dose of the COVID vaccine just as delta began making its presence known. However, as cases and hospitalizations continue to drop so is the state's overall vaccination trend. 

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