After adding over 718,000 new cases throughout the last week, the U.S. now has more than 34.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 600,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country.
New cases continue to rise at a faster rate. In the past week, there were an average of 22.8 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — an increase from the week prior, when there were an average of 17.1 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.
While COVID-19 has spread to nearly every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.
The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL, metro area consists of Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County. In the past week, there were an average of 59.8 new coronavirus cases every day per 100,000 Miami residents, greater than the national figure. The metro area’s average daily case growth in the most recent week is an increase from the week prior, when there were an average of 32.0 daily new cases per 100,000 Miami residents.
The spread of coronavirus depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. Within the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach metro area, COVID-19 is growing the slowest in Palm Beach County. There were an average of 47.1 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in Palm Beach County during the past week, the least of the three counties in Miami with available data.
Case growth in the Miami metro area is relatively uniform at the county level. In Miami-Dade County, for example, there were an average of 70.5 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in the past week — the most of any county in Miami yet relatively in line with the case growth rate in Palm Beach County.
Just as Palm Beach County has the slowest case growth in the Miami area, it also has the lowest incidence of cases overall. As of August 3, there were a total of 11,300.5 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents in Palm Beach County, the fewest of the three counties in the metro area. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 10,721.2 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.