Yesterday health officials announced that the number of Floridians diagnosed with the Coronavirus has soared to more than 9,000, including 737 in Palm Beach County.
The 1,235 new cases are the most in any 24-hour period since the state confirmed its first case a month ago. The 121 new cases in the county are a 20 percent jump in 24 hours. Statewide, the number of confirmed cases grew by 16 percent in one day.
This all means that we in Palm Beach County need to continue to take social distancing seriously and avoid any kind of unnecessary physical interaction until we have successfully “flattened the curve” in our area.
Officials at the county’s Health Care District, which has been running the testing center at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Haverhill Road, said they are hopeful additional supplies arrive over the weekend so testing can continue throughout next week.
Since the drive-thru center opened Tuesday, 1,028 people have been tested and another 1,300 have appointments through Saturday. While the center will be closed Sunday, by early next week the 3,000 kits the center received from the state will have been exhausted, but the center does expect to receive the equipment it needs before it convenes more testing on Monday.
Part of the spike we have been seeing in Coronavirus cases in Palm Beach County are probably due in part to our testing efforts. Although it may not seem so, this is actually a good sign as though who have the virus now have an easy way to get tested and all the more reason to quarantine themselves if they get results confirming they have the virus.
There are also upcoming plans to open another large-scale testing center at the South County Civic Center on Jog Road, just south of Linton Boulevard.