Brevard County is witnessing a concerning resurgence of the COVID-19 virus, mirroring a statewide and national trend of increasing new cases. Throughout the month of July, the number of new cases has been steadily rising, raising alarm among health officials.
Data from the Florida Department of Health reveals a 20.1 percent increase in new COVID-19 cases (354 new cases) for the week of July 14-20 in Brevard County alone. Statewide, Florida experienced a 17 percent rise, with a staggering 9,942 new cases reported during the same period.
One noteworthy aspect is that reported testing levels in Florida remain relatively low. However, wastewater surveillance has proven to be a valuable tool in determining virus spread within counties. Recent data from BioBot indicates that COVID-19 levels in Brevard County’s water have more than doubled since June, underscoring the seriousness of the situation.
This resurgence is not confined to Brevard County but has been observed across the United States since the 4th of July weekend. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has reported a steady increase in weekly COVID-19 hospital admissions since the beginning of July, reversing a trend of declining cases that had been evident since January 2023.