Here’s how the positive rate is calculated: Positive COVID-19 Tests/Total COVID-19 Tests x 100 = Positivity Rate
Lee County: 7.9%
Collier County: 8.7%
Charlotte County: 9.8%
The latest data released by the Florida Department of Health puts every county, except for DeSoto County, under a 10 percent positivity rate.
SWFL COVID-19 POSITIVITY RATES (data valid Sept. 24-30):
DeSoto County: 12.7%
Glades County: 7.1%
Hendry County: 5.5% A COVID positivity rate below 10 percent means a lot of things. For students in Diocese of Venice schools, it means mask mandates could soon be relaxed.
Edward Gomez, who finished getting vaccinated last week, said he feels better knowing the community spread is slowing down. “When you’re around a bunch of people, there ain’t no telling if that person got it, that person got it,” he said.
Even with signs that the spread of the disease that’s already killed 55,000 Floridians and counting is slowing down, Gomez isn’t dropping his guard. “Everybody should be safe, especially when you’re around a bunch of people,” he said.
With that in mind, the lower positivity rate is a number she can get behind. That’s because it means a more normal senior year. “Now we don’t have to wear masks and you’re allowed to go to football games and sit next to people in class,” said Villarreal.
“I think it kind of gets in people’s heads a lot too,” she said. Faith Villarreal, a student at Riverdale High School, is also vaccinated, but she thinks all of the numbers, percentages, and statistics muddy the water of what’s real.