Concerns about COVID-19 are on the rise, as downward trends in the disease have begun taking an upturn. The Delta variant, a more contagious and severe form of COVID-19, appears largely to blame. The most recent statistics for Manatee County from July 9-15 show an upward trend, and officials advise taking precautions.
New COVID-19 cases 657
Percentage change from previous week up 85%
New hospital admissions up 400%
Total cases 40,602
Average daily new cases 66
Case positivity 15.7%, up from 12.6% the previous week
Level of community transmission High
To reduce your risk:
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Avoid crowds; social distance
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County and the Florida Division of Emergency Management have a one-stop shop for COVID-19 testing and vaccination at the Palmetto Bus Station, 1802 Eighth Ave. W. in Palmetto. The site operates 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays. Testing (including both PCR and rapid testing) and vaccinations (Moderna) are free of charge. This is a walk-up operation; no appointment is necessary. Visitors are asked to bring proof of Florida residency (driver’s license, utility bill with Florida address, etc.). For more information, call 941-242-6646.
Source: Centers for Disease Control, Florida Department of Health, Mayo Clinic