State report: COVID-19 cases spike in Miami Lakes
Friday, July 3, 2020
Coronavirus numbers in Miami Lakes are soaring.
On Friday, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 within the town was 206, the state reported.
A week ago on June 26, the count in Miami Lakes was 103.
That tally happened after the first 102 days of the pandemic.
It only took seven days for the number of cases in town to double.
Friday's data from the state showed that 20.8% of test results reported in the county on July 2nd were positive.
That rate is more than double what the countywide positive test rate was as recently as June 24, when the figure had fallen to 10.2%.
According to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, the World Health Organization advises governments that positivity rates in testing should remain at 5% or lower for at least two weeks before reopening society.
Florida is one of 29 states that didn't meet that standard on July 3rd, according to the university's website.
Florida does not break down the positivity rate by municipality, so the percentage of Miami Lakes residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 is not known.
Authorities have repeated the basic ways residents can protect themselves during the outbreak: Wash hands, avoid crowds, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between people, and wear a mask.
When the number of COVID-19 cases in town was at 186 on Thursday, Town Manager Edward Pidermann said during a Facebook video, "That doesn’t mean there are 186 people right now that are positive. That goes all the way back to the beginning."
Pidermann said about masks, "The mayor of Miami-Dade County has ordered that whenever you are in a public space, whether outdoors or indoors, you're supposed to wear a facial covering, whether you can maintain social distancing or not."
Pidermann said the county will also allow police to fine those who are not wearing masks, but he did not expect that to happen in town.
"I don't think we'll get there," Pidermann said. "I hope and expect all of our residents to be able to cooperate. It's not about you protecting yourself with the mask. My mask is not protecting me. My mask is protecting everybody around me."