WASHINGTON – The rising incidence of COVID-19 in Florida was one of the main concerns of the initial White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing in two months.
Dr. Deborah Birx started by saying that when it comes to the fight against the virus, it is a struggle that is conducted community by community.
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“So we have taken the time to really map this epidemic and new positives down to the level of communities to understand where it is spreading so that we can tailor our prevention interventions to those areas,” said Birx.
Tampa Bay was marked as one of the top ten metro regions in the country for the percentage of positive tests, just before Orlando and Miami.
Birx used Florida to show how data helps officials target their response to the virus. Within the state, the counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Polk have been in the top 10 in most of the past three weeks.
Birx noted that the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach had much larger increases than others on the list.
“This allows us to focus resources and testing, along with the state, on these specific areas,” Birx said of the data.
That data also helps create maps to mark hotspots in states. Birx said we hope that having this information will lead to a call to action for those who can make the most difference in the struggle – those who live in the affected communities.
“Genuine individual behavior and respect for each other by wearing social distance, wearing a mask and ensuring we protect the most vulnerable,” said Birx.
The data mentioned by Birx is expected to be available to the public within a week to view on the White House website.