COVID cases continue to drop in Gulf County

COVID-19 cases in Gulf County dropped significantly over the past week, with only 17 positive tests recorded between Sept. 24 and 30, according to the Florida Department of Health. 

 This marks the second consecutive week that health officials have marked a drop in cases.  

 There were also fewer coronavirus tests administered in the past week, and of those administered, a far smaller proportion generated positive results.  

The Department of Health recorded a 7.33 percent positivity rate, the the lowest it has been since before the July and August spike in cases, widely attributed to the more contagious Delta variant of the disease. 

Cases are still up from their rate in June, when some weeks there were no new cases reported in the county. 

 The vaccination rate remained steady at 52 percent from last week, showing a slight decline in the pace of vaccination. There has been a slow but steady climb in the number of Gulf County residents who have been vaccinated against COVID since the FDA approved three inoculations earlier this year. 

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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