Palm Beach County’s top health official, Dr. Alina Alonso, has provided an update on the number of COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates.
This is the first time in over a month the public has heard from Alonso, the head of the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County. She explained after seeing a downward trend for quite some time, we’re now seeing an uptick in COVID positivity rates and hospitalizations.
Alonso also warned the public about the new Delta variant spreading. She says although Florida does not have the most cases of the variant in the United States, in just two months numbers have increased locally, because of how contagious it is.
She added that community spread is also on the rise with the state going from a moderate level back up to a substantial level. In some areas like Martin County, officials are warning residents they’re seeing what’s considered high rates of community spread.
During the commissioner’s meeting Tuesday morning, Alonso stressed the importance of vaccination, saying in Florida, 58 percent of people are vaccinated with at least one dose but that officials want to see those numbers go way up.